Alpine Health to get ma­jor up­grade thanks to gov­ern­ment fund­ing

Alpine Observer - - News -

THE An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment will fund nearly $232,000 to lo­cal Alpine Health up­grades re­gard­less of up­com­ing elec­tion re­sults.

La­bor Up­per House Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria, Ja­clyn Symes, last week an­nounced the fund­ing which has been wel­comed by La­bor can­di­date for Ovens Val­ley, Kate Doyle.

Ms Symes said $232,000 would be spent at Alpine Health to re­place age­ing gen­er­a­tors at the Bright Hos­pi­tal and Hawthorn Vil­lage Aged Care Fa­cil­ity while the hot wa­ter sys­tems will be re­placed at the Myrtle­ford and Bright Health Ser­vices.

The fund­ing is from the lat­est round of the An­drews La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s flag­ship Re­gional Health In­fra­struc­ture Fund.

The $250 mil­lion Re­gional Health In­fra­struc­ture Fund – the largest of its kind in Vic­to­rian his­tory – is re­build­ing re­gional and ru­ral health ser­vices to en­sure Vic­to­ri­ans can ac­cess high-qual­ity care, fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment close to home.

The lat­est fund­ing round is kick start­ing 109 projects to up­grade vi­tal equip­ment and build­ings at coun­try hos­pi­tals, com­mu­nity health cen­tres and bush nurs­ing ser­vices. In to­tal, 283 projects have been funded as part of the Fund.

“We’re putting pa­tients first and re­vamp­ing our coun­try health ser­vices so more pa­tients in North East Vic­to­ria, whether in Wan­garatta, Alpine or Co­bram can be treated sooner and in up­dated safer fa­cil­i­ties,” Ms Symes said.

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