Mil­lions to be poured into health ser­vices

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

More than $250 mil­lion has been set aside in the State Bud­get to im­prov­ing health fa­cil­i­ties across the Pil­bara.

The New­man Health Ser­vice Rede­vel­op­ment Pro­ject will re­ceive $49.7 mil­lion, $183.9 mil­lion will go to­wards the Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus, $13.6 mil­lion for the Pil­bara Health Part­ner­ship and $18.9 mil­lion for the Onslow Hospi­tal.

Re­nal Dial­y­sis ser­vices, the North West Health Ini­tia­tive and the Ear Health pro­gram will also be ex­panded.

Shire of East Pil­bara chief ex­ec­u­tive Alan Cooper said a re­fur­bished hospi­tal would be ben­e­fi­cial for New­man and sur­round­ing ar­eas.

“It is a fan­tas­tic ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity which has been dis­cussed for a num­ber of years,” he said.

“It has al­ways been recog­nised in our com­mu­nity sur­veys that peo­ple would like a re­fur­bished hospi­tal.”

The State Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ment will bring to­tal fund­ing for the hospi­tal to nearly $60m, with BHP Bil­li­ton chip­ping in $10m.

Pil­bara De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill said it was pleas­ing to see a sig­nif­i­cant four-year com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing com­mu­nity ser­vices and eco­nomic out­comes for re­gional WA. He said the $49.75 mil­lion for the New­man health ser­vices fa­cil­ity was a ma­jor win for the in­land Pil­bara town.

“High qual­ity health ser­vices are crit­i­cal to the well-be­ing and re­ten­tion of com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“I know how much the pro­ject will mean to the com­mu­nity, which is a three-hour drive from the near­est ma­jor town.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the Roy­al­ties for Re­gions in­vest­ment would build in­fra­struc­ture to grow the Pil­bara.

“The Gov­ern­ment has made re­spon­si­ble de­ci­sions to en­sure Pil­bara com­mu­ni­ties con­tinue to thrive, de­velop and con­trib­ute to the State’s econ­omy,” he said.

“We must look to se­cure our State’s fu­ture and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­dus­try growth that sup­ports lo­cal jobs.”

In ad­di­tion, the Pil­bara re­gion also has the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess fund­ing from the $642 mil­lion al­lo­cated over the next four years to im­ple­ment ma­jor eco­nomic, so­cial and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment pro­jects that arise from Re­gional In­vest­ment Blue­prints.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

PDC act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Terry Hill.

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