What news on the new hospital site?
Local Newscorp journalist Alasdair McDonald offers readers of the Daily Telegraph an update on the location of the new Eurobodalla hospital with his article leadin:
Alas, for most residents on the South Coast, the article sits behind a pay-wall and has not be printed for those who might buy the Telegraph. What we do know of the site and the progress of the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital is that an extra $50 million was pledged by the NSW Government bringing the total commitment for the project to $200 million.
We also know that the NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard has advised that there has been extensive community consultation resulting in a Clinical Services Plan for the new hospital.
The Minister said in June 2020 “A site is being selected for the new hospital in consultation with stakeholders and will consider a range of factors, including accessibility, proximity to local infrastructure and environmental impacts.”
The community has been able to glean, formally and informally that initial investigations show that areas north of Moruya or southeast of Moruya are the most likely areas for the new hospital to be built.
The last we heard was that these two areas are being explored, with consideration to key criteria such as road access, ensuring linkage to the future Moruya bypass, avoiding flood and bushfire zones, and ensuring close proximity to Moruya Airport. So what news might the Daily Telegraph add around the location as there has been no formal statement that a site has been selected, meaning that speculation remains. What we do know is that, as part of the planning process, Health Infrastructure NSW is working closely with Southern NSW Local Health District and other government agencies, including Transport for NSW and the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. But maybe the Daily Telegraph does know something more as it has already run the following: July 2020 - REVEALED: POTENTIAL LOCATIONS FOR FUTURE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
Two potential sites for a new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital have been flagged by the State Government. NSW Health Infrastructure is now seeking further community feedback after it released the two potential zones for a new hospital.
It is understood that the Eurobodalla Health Service Site Selection Working group will be meeting on Friday November 6th, 2020 ahead of the next milestone when discussions begin with the appointed Project Manager in a few weeks time. So in the meantime we still know nothing officially or otherwise on the site and the timetable indicates that the project is still a long way coming out of the ground. Of interest however is that, if the site selected is the southern site near the Moruya TAFE then the announcement of that site might also go hand in hand with the announcement of the intended route of the Moruya Bypass.