GV Health $168.5 million Redevelopment
Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jill Hennessy recently visited GV Health to announce the $168.5 million funding commitment for the long awaited redevelopment of our Shepparton Hospital. Work will begin in 2018 and will be completed by late 2020. The new state of the art facility will include; a brand new four-storey building, three new operating theatres, two new wards, an extended Emergency Department doubling its capacity, a modernised and refurbished Maternity Unit including and a new Special Care Nursery.
We will also see an expansion and upgrade of the Dialysis Unit, including 16 new chairs and an expansion and modernisation of medical imaging services. This significant investment in our health service will ensure GV Health is able to treat more patients, reduce wait times in both the Emergency Department and elective surgery and provide state of the art infrastructure and facilities for current and future generations. Some of the economic benefits of the redevelopment will be; more than 140 jobs created during peak construction, our new hospital will require significantly more staff, recurrent funding has been allocated to increase staff levels. Congratulations to the community in working together to achieve this magnificent outcome. The Shepparton District can now have the hospital and health services it requires and deserves.
During my adjournment debate in parliament last week I called on the Minister for Emergency Services to visit my electorate and meet with some of our local CFA Rural Fire Brigades to hear some of their concerns about proposed changes to their structure. This followed upon me having received many letters from CFA volunteers. Our CFA units play a very important part in our local community. Not only are they readily available to attend to small incidents but when major disasters such as the Black Saturday fires occur, they provide a surge capacity that allows the deployment of thousands of personnel. In addition to this, volunteering is essential to the well-being of our community and CFA’s have a history of intergenerational contribution from families in regional areas.
Primary School Visits
The Victorian State Budget was released on Wednesday 27 April. Three of our local Primary schools received a share of the School Pride and Sports Fund, Zeerust Primary School will receive $60K, WaaiaYalca South Primary School $65K and Congupna Primary School $225K. I think it is important for schools in the Shepparton District electorate that may need capital works to start planning and let me know of their needs. I am hoping to visit as many schools as I possibly can in the next 2 ½ years and want to hear of your needs and concerns-as well as the good stories!