Pledges of millions in Latrobe
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.