A number of communities around Cabri have banded together to build a new office for the local doctor.

The existing building dates to the 1960s and the communities felt the best way to get a new facility, with up-to-date equipment, would be to raise the money themselves.

"We just figured that maybe if we could support the doctor and build a new clinic we could get a commitment out of him to stay," David Gossard, the mayor of Cabri, told CBC Radio host Craig Lederhouse Tuesday. "Even to stay and retire in Cabri."

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Gossard said the communities did not want funds diverted from the local hospital budget for a private clinic, so they did not seek funding from the province.

Cabri, with a population of around 500, is 70 kilometres northwest of Swift Current.

The current physician for the area, Dr. Stefanus de Nysschen, is very popular in the community. He has been there since 1996 and has been keen to get an updated clinic.

It's estimated about $425,000 would be needed for a new office.