OTOS reaches out across the Shire: On the agenda is the recognition that we need a Regional Hospital
Following its two very successful public meetings in Batemans Bay earlier this year, Our Towns Our Say is redoubling its efforts to ensure that Eurobodalla Shire residents have the opportunity to learn about and comment on issues of public concern, particularly where the Eurobodalla Shire Council may be involved.
With a small change in its name - from “Town” to “Towns” OTOS is making a large change of focus, to include the whole shire. Thus, OTOS anticipates larger numbers at its next meeting in the Moruya Golf Club at 2:30pm on Saturday 6th October. All are welcome.
Spokesperson Coral Anderson said: “The response has very positive and so we’re making it easier for more people to engage with us and each other on key community issues. We’re doing that, firstly by holding meetings on some Saturday afternoons, instead of mid-week evenings and secondly by letting everyone know about our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OurTownsOurSay/ The OTOS manifesto is on there, so people can see for themselves, what we stand for.”
Since 2017, OTOS has persistently challenged Council over reasons for the planned removal of the 50 metre Olympic swimming pool at Batemans Bay. Numerous meetings have been attended and much correspondence has been directed to Council – often met by the now-infamous “curtain of confidentiality” that pervades much of Council’s business. OTOS continues to monitor the Mackay Park redevelopment to ensure that the community remains informed.
OTOS hosted a public meeting on 29 May, where local health professionals discussed our two district hospitals – in Moruya and Batemans Bay. The concept of a comprehensive Clinical Services Plan, delivered via a single Hospital, was aired, whereby a range of specialist and diagnostic services could be delivered in Eurobodalla Shire, instead of in Bega, Canberra or even Sydney
At the October meeting, further health professionals will provide more information and will be available for a question and answer session.