MEMBER for Albury Greg Aplin has promised two local shires over $63 million to upgrade their hospitals if the Liberal Government is re-elected in this year’s state election.
A $30 million slice of the share would go to Tumbarumba’s MPS (Multi-Purpose Service) to create a new facility or upgrades, $30 million would go to Culcairn MPS for new buildings and upgrades, while $3.5 million would be received by Holbrook for the extension to existing aged residential care.
Mr Aplin made the announcement last week at Culcairn MPS and guaranteed his government would be providing the funding for the promise if elected.
“It’s important to remember this electorate covers a vast area across regional NSW,” Mr Aplin said.
“Planning has already started.
“We know we have to plan for the future.”
Consultation has begun with stakeholders in the shires to determine the needs of the medical facilities.
Upgrades or new buildings could accommodate emergency care services, more inpatient beds, palliative care, aged residential care, or other specialised services.
With planning expected to begin next month, Mr Aplin said this was not a flimsy pre-election promise.
“This is going to happen and it’s going to be delivered.”
Great Hume Shire mayor Heather Wilton was present at the announcement, and said the funding was warmly welcomed by residents.
“What we have at the moment is inefficient and fails to meet the needs of the community,” she said.
“We don’t think we’ll hear any negative response with this move, it will be providing fantastic facilities to this town.
“We have a lot of surrounding towns like Henty and Holbrook, and we welcome this news.”
Planning for all three projects is expected to be completed by mid this year.
The funding comes following Health Minister Jillian Skinner’s announcement that the NSW Government would be investing almost $5 billion in the redevelopment of hospitals and health facilities in its first term.
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