Boost for new hospital

"VERY happy" is how the Byron Shire Health Services Community Action Group has described the news that money has been allocated in the recent State Budget for a new 54-bed centralised hospital for the Byron Shire to be built on land at Ewingsdale.

Group spokesperson Rae Cooper said the announcement that $4 million would be invested this year in planning for Lismore Base Hospital stage three and the central hospital for Byron Shire was very welcome and also just reward for the hard work of the local community over a very long time.

"The money will be used to further progress the planning of the new hospital," she said.

"It's also good news for Lismore, as the base hospital is an asset to the entire Northern Rivers."

Mrs Cooper said the Budget announcement was the first time that planning for the new hospital had received any capital funding.

"The hospital is now part of the Government's forward planning and has been put on the public agenda," she said.

The action group has thanked the Member for Ballina and Minister for Local Government, Don Page, for his help and support for the project.

The action group has been fighting for a new hospital for 30 years.

"We look forward to seeing a new hospital for the Byron Shire community become a reality," Mrs Cooper said.

A total of $1.4 million was announced for the upgrade of the Byron ambulance station.


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