Regional and rural communities across NSW will benefit from a health investment of more than $500 million that will deliver enhanced services and more jobs closer to home.
The NSW Nationals in the state government have delivered more than 110 health projects in regional NSW since 2011 with another 70 currently underway.
This extra investment includes additional funds for projects including:
- $111.5 million for Cessnock Hospital redevelopment;
- $60 million towards the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital, bringing the total investment to $260 million;
- $25 million for Finley Hospital;
- $6.4 million to expand Wyong Hospital’s Cancer Day Unit to deliver specialist cancer ambulatory treatment services, to complement the recently opened $200 million expanded Wyong Hospital;
- $6 million for biomedical equipment upgrades across the Western NSW Local Health District;
- $1 million for planning for a Wagga Wagga Health and Knowledge precinct.
Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the funding is on top of the $900 million rural infrastructure spend in 2021-22.
“We’re rolling out record investment for new and upgraded regional and rural health facilities to build on our vision to make regional communities the best place to live,” Mr Toole said.
“We are also backing in this infrastructure spend with new initiatives that help ensure we have the workforce needed in the regions to deliver the quality of care our communities deserve.”