A new era has ar­rived for Coffs health­care

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS -

MEM­BER for Coffs Har­bour An­drew Fraser is de­lighted the $194 mil­lion Coffs Har­bour Hos­pi­tal Ex­pan­sion Project is be­gin­ning to take shape. Mr Fraser helped to turn the first sod on site with health and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Mon­day, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of a new era for health­care in the re­gion. “It’s ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal that we now have $194 mil­lion ready to be spent to pro­vide the health ser­vices that are needed by the Coffs Coast com­mu­nity .... It will give us, I be­lieve, the best health­care fa­cil­ity in re­gional New South Wales,” Mr Fraser said. “It’s been a long road to get here, I’ve had plenty of speed humps in the way... I wore out the knees of my pants I think from beg­ging min­is­ters, trea­sur­ers, premiers and deputy premiers to make sure we got the in­creased fund­ing.” Mr Fraser said the new fa­cil­ity, which will be­gin construction in 2019, is just as im­por­tant for tourists as it is for lo­cals. “We dou­ble our pop­u­la­tion al­most when it comes to Christ­mas, Easter and other ma­jor hol­i­day pe­ri­ods,” he said. “And at the end of the day they draw a lot of money out of our health ser­vice so we’ve got to pro­vide for them. “The ED is an ex­tremely im­por­tant depart­ment here be­cause that’s where the hol­i­day crowd end up be­cause they’ve been bit­ten by blue bot­tles or have bro­ken a leg up there do­ing some white­wa­ter raft­ing.” The cur­rent Coffs Har­bour Health Cam­pus was built in 2001.

Photo: Sam Flana­gan

BIG DAY: Coffs Har­bour MP An­drew Fraser (right) as­sisted health of­fi­cials with turn­ing the first sod on Mon­day.

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