Thursday, 11 June 2020

Pic attached: Andrew Constance-Member for Bega Dr Michael Holland, Liz Innes-Mayor Eurobodalla Shire, Mr Russell Schneider-Southern Local Health District Board, Lisa Kennedy-General Manager Eurobodalla and Queanbeyan Health Services, Margaret Bennett-Chief Executive NSW Southern Local Health District.



The NSW Government will invest an extra $50 million to deliver a new, modern health facility for the communities of the Eurobodalla that is innovatively designed for the future.

Member for Bega Andrew Constance said the total $200 million investment will ensure a sustainable, modern and purpose-built facility to support the community’s needs.

“The new Eurobodalla Hospital will utilise the latest health care solutions and models of care to deliver patient-centred health services closer to home,” Mr Constance said.

“This additional funding will deliver a health facility for the local community which is adaptable and resilient against future climatic events such as the devastating bushfires over the last summer.”

“Our residents and health care workers deserve the best and that’s what we’re going to deliver for our region.

“The $200 million investment for construction will see the Eurobodalla receive one of the highest funded regional hospital projects in the state,” Mr Constance said.

“The proposed sites are within the Moruya area, providing easy links to Batemans Bay, Narooma and surrounding villages, with Health Infrastructure to commence discussions with land owners and adjoining land holders.

I’m excited about what this means for our region, and the benefits this amazing facility will offer residents and our health and allied health staff.

Eurobodalla Shire Mayor, Liz Innes said that after a tumultuous start to the year, this announcement couldn’t come at a better time.

“This new hospital will mean so much for our communities, who have endured the worst that nature has had to offer.

Our residents deserve this new facility and I look forward to seeing it evolve,” Clr Innes said.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said extensive community consultation has resulted in a Clinical Services Plan for the new Eurobodalla Hospital which will deliver a first-class hospital.

“A site is now being selected for the new hospital in consultation with stakeholders and will consider a range of factors, including accessibility, proximity to local infrastructure and environmental impacts,” Mr Hazzard said.

The site selection process will be undertaken shortly. Initial investigations show that the areas north of Moruya or south-east of Moruya are likely areas for the new hospital.

Sites within these two areas are being explored with consideration to key criteria such as road access and ensuring linkage to the future bypass, avoiding flood and bushfires zones, and ensuring close proximity to the airport.

As part of this planning, Health Infrastructure is working closely with Southern NSW Local Health District and other government agencies, including Transport for NSW and Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

The NSW Government has invested $10 billion on health infrastructure since 2011, with $10.1 billion more over the four years from 2019-20, including more than $900 million for rural and regional areas in 2019-20.