Regional Health and Mental Health Minister Bronnie Taylor, Nationals’ Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis, and Nationals’ candidate for Clarence Richie Williamson have announced the release of the zonal master plan for the $264 million Grafton Base Hospital redevelopment.
The master plan has three zones:
- a new building zone for a multi-storey clinical services building and main public entry;
- the retention zone, which ensures existing buildings are retained; and
- a future development zone, that allows for greenspace, car parking and potential future expansion.
Mrs Taylor said the NSW Nationals are investing in a major redevelopment of Grafton Base Hospital to modernise and improve health service facilities for the community.
“The release of this master plan provides the local community with an exciting opportunity to not only find out more about the early planning but also a first-look at the design of their new local hospital,” Mrs Taylor said.
“The future redevelopment is the next stage of improvement works planned for the Grafton Base Hospital, following an upgrade to emergency and surgical services completed in 2012 and the new Grafton Ambulatory Care Centre completed in 2020.
““The community should have every confidence that the NSW Nationals in the state government will deliver this important project.”
Chris Gulaptis said the master plan is a critical step in moving forward with the rebuild of Grafton Base Hospital.
“No two hospital redevelopments are the same and it’s so important they are tailored to the community’s unique needs,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“Only after we have conducted this extensive planning and design process can we start building the hospital because we want to have the best possible state-of-the-art hospital to support the local community’s health needs now and into the future.
“The NSW Nationals are committed to delivering improved healthcare in the Clarence, and I am delighted to see the project progress to this next very important step.”
Welcoming the milestone in the redevelopment, Mr Williamson said health care was the number one priority for our community.
“We’ve waited a long time for this upgrade and it’s terrific to see The Nationals fully committed to delivering this priority project,” Mr Williamson said.
“Today we are another step closer seeing this project realised.”
The Grafton Base Hospital Redevelopment is being delivered in partnership with Health Infrastructure and Northern NSW Local Health District.
The redevelopment is part of the NSW Government’s record $11.9 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to 2025-26.
Since 2011, the NSW Government has delivered more than 180 health capital works projects across NSW, with more than 130 projects currently underway – of those, more than 90 are in rural and regional areas.