Push to retain historic hospital for community
THE future of the Warren District Hospital will be the number one agenda item during an upcoming meeting between the Manjimup shire president and South West Health Service officers.
The Manjimup Shire Council voted 7-4 on December 8, 2016, to lobby the State and Federal governments about the possible retention of the hospital after the new one is completed.
Under the current contract, the hospital would be demolished and it had been cited that to bring the hospital “fit for purpose” would cost about $6 million.
“I understand that some of the area will be required for the carpark, however The building is extensive with parts of it registered on the Manjimup shire heritage list,” Cr Omodei said.
“The old hospital is part of the heritage of our community and holds a special place in the hearts of many in our community.
“I would be remiss if I didn’t raise this important issue.”
In the lead up to his meeting with South West Health Service officers, Cr Omodei has called for public comment about the proposed demolition of the hospital.
“I am of the strong belief that this facility should be used for purposes related to the support of people in need in the wider community,” he said.
He added that following the closure of the mills and related facilities in Pemberton, Deanmill and Manjimup, the State Government could utilise the hospital for purposes including aged care, disability services, respite, post operative care, crisis care, mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation.