In late 2015, Sammy and I purchased a small parcel of land in the township of Canungra, nestled in the foothills of Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland. We also purchased (and saved) a beautiful, 101-year-old Queenslander school building from Bulimba State School in Brisbane which was set to be demolished by the State Government to make way for a new building. Then after plenty of planning and stress, the house was moved from Bulimba onto our new land in Canungra. Since then, plenty of work has been happening to restore this building to its former glory.
Sammy and I will be following our dream and opening up our own health clinic here. Being passionate and dedicated osteopaths, we both understand the importance of having an all-round wholistic health approach. As well as having osteopathy here, we will be offering other health services to help service Canungra and the wider Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim community. We will be aiming to provide an individualised healthcare experience as we believe that optimal health and wellbeing is one of the keystones to success.
Keep watching this space as we continue to update you on the progress of our new clinic. We aim to be open and treating by the end of 2016.
Update 1 August 2016:
Here is an update with some photos of the progress of our new clinic in Canungra. With the help of my father-in-law Greg, Adam the builder, and various other family members and friends along the way, we have been working towards getting this beautiful old building habitable again. Firstly, we have been trying to get it structurally sound again after the move, as well as working on restoring the outside to make it look like it did back when it was first built. Another epic task was putting the roof back on after the move and replacing the batons underneath the overhang of the roof. Adam and his amazing Spiderman-like balance was responsible for this.
We have put in the original veranda’s back again, trying to replicate the archway as much as possible. We also installed some beautiful balustrades (thanks Matt and Tinny).
Internally, the carpet, the vinyl floor and the underlying masonite was pulled up to expose the original and beautiful hardwood floorboards. Following that, the arduous task of pulling out the thousands upon thousands of masonite staples began, and is almost done (thanks Hannah and Damo).
Once our final DA is approved, we will be pouring the slab underneath and then building our caretakers residence downstairs, as well as working on the clinic upstairs. We are still on track to be up and running in some capacity by December 2016, but we will keep you updated over the following months.