Pledges of mil­lions in La­trobe

Herald Sun - - NEWS - MONIQUE HORE

THE state elec­tion cam­paign hit the La­trobe Val­ley yes­ter­day where both ma­jor par­ties pledged to spend mil­lions.

Premier Daniel An­drews an­nounced $217 mil­lion would be spent on the next stage of La­trobe Re­gional Hos­pi­tal’s ex­pan­sion, if La­bor was re­turned in Novem­ber.

It would add three op­er­at­ing the­atres and 44 beds, in­clud­ing 14 med­i­cal and sur­gi­cal beds, six ma­ter­nity beds and six spe­cial-care nurs­ery cots.

Mr An­drews said the ex­pan­sion would cut wait­ing lists and al­low more than 6000 more elec­tive surg­eries a year.

“Our vi­sion for health in re­gional Vic­to­ria is get­ting all the things you need close to home,” he said.

Mean­while, the state Op­po­si­tion was in Mor­well to sell its de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion plan and “in­no­va­tion vouch­ers”, an­nounced this month. En­ergy spokesman David South­wick said the $9 mil­lion grants pro­gram would drive in­no­va­tion and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Na­tional- turned- in­de­pen­dent Rus­sell Northe holds the state seat of Mor­well with a mar­gin of 1.8 per cent.

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