PICTURED is deputy chairman of Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers Tony Dreise (centre) with award winners Sally Del Perugia, James Preston, Ed Ahern (Byron United), Margaret Lawlor and Mat Morris.
PICTURED is deputy chairman of Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers Tony Dreise (centre) with award winners Sally Del Perugia, James Preston, Ed Ahern (Byron United), Margaret Lawlor and Mat Morris.

Medical tourism dream

‘Medical tourism’ is a growing niche market in Europe, and Margaret Lawlor wants Byron Bay to be a market leader in Australia.


A relative newcomer to tMedical tourism dreamhe town, Margaret, from Dublin, has a dream of creating a health and wellness village in the Byron Shire, a ‘one-stop village of excellence’ featuring an affordable retirement home and medical clinic with a choice of conventional and complementary practices.


She said people using the village would be encouraged to holiday for a week before any medical procedure and to also stay in the area afterwards to convalesce.


All she needs now is a developer with available land to get on board to push ahead with the dream. And that’s something she’s working on.


Margaret entered her idea in the ‘Gift for the Future’ competition run by Regional Development Australia, Northern Rivers, and it was judged the winner of the business section.


She received her award at the Byron Bay Community Centre last week.


Other winners were James Preston for his submission on a youth recreation centre; Sally Del Perugia for her submission on providing a community radio platform for young people; Mat Morris from North Byron Shire Parklands for his photo submission featuring the site; and Byron United for its submission on a beach exercise area at Byron Bay.


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