The Nationals in Government have announced a further $189 million in new funding for the full redevelopment of Griffith Base Hospital, adding to $35 million already committed for Stage One.

Deputy Premier and Leader of the NSW Nationals John Barilaro, together with Member for Murray Austin Evans, made the announcement at Griffith Base Hospital as part of the 2018-19 Budget Half-Yearly Review.

Mr Barilaro said the Nationals had delivered on a promise made to the Griffith community that residents would receive funding for a fully-redeveloped hospital.

“Whenever I travel to Griffith, the number one issue people talk to me about is improving health services at Griffith Base Hospital,” Mr Barilaro said. “After tireless lobbying from the local member Austin Evans on behalf of the community, I am proud to announce a total of $224 million has been committed for the full redevelopment of Griffith Base Hospital. We have already seen work begin on Stage One of the redevelopment and the Government has fully committed to building the next stage of the world class hospital the people of Griffith deserve.”

“The need for a major upgrade at Griffith Base Hospital was clear. We said we would build a hospital that meets the needs of a growing community and that is exactly what this funding will deliver.”

Mr Evans said the full redevelopment of Griffith Base Hospital was one of his highest priorities for the community.

“From day one as the Member for Murray, I have been working with the Deputy Premier to make sure Griffith gets a fully-funded hospital upgrade,” Mr Evans said. “The local community has fought hard for their hospital and that fight has now paid off.  I look forward to delivering a fantastic new hospital for the people of Griffith. This is a great day for the Griffith community and we can now get on with the job of building a hospital that our community deserves.”

Early site works have already begun at Griffith Base Hospital as part of Stage One of the redevelopment.