Push to re­tain his­toric hos­pi­tal for com­mu­nity

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times | News - Tari Jef­fers

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.

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