A new report shows
health projects like the $240 million Dubbo
Hospital redevelopment are not only delivering world-class healthcare,
they’re boosting regional economies across NSW.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet
and Health Minister Brad Hazzard visited Dubbo Hospital to release Regional Economic Impacts of Public Hospital Investment by the
Regional Australia Institute and NSW Health Infrastructure.
shows a 15 per cent jump in healthcare jobs in Dubbo from 2011-2016, more than double the previous five-year period.
There was also a significant boost to construction jobs, which had a spillover
benefit to the local accommodation, travel, food and transport sectors.
“This shows the benefit
of our health infrastructure spends for the whole community
and that’s never been more important than now – in
the middle of a drought,” Mr Perrottet said.
“A secure job
and the stability that brings gives people a better quality of life and that
benefits regional communities now and into the future.”
The NSW Government has invested $10 billion on health infrastructure since 2011, with $10.1 billion more over the four years from 2019-20, including more than $900 million for rural and regional areas in
More than $240
million has been spent on the Dubbo Hospital redevelopment and a further $35
million in federal and state funding has been allocated to the Western Cancer
joined Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders to announce Lipman Pty Ltd as the
successful tenderer to construct the Western Cancer Centre, due for completion
“This Centre will provide
patients here in the west with advanced
diagnostic services and life-saving
treatment closer to home,” Mr Hazzard said.
Mr Saunders said:
“Having world-class cancer facilities in Dubbo will help attract and retain
health professionals, and will be life-changing for patients living from Bourke
for Parkes and Minister for Regional Services,
Mark Coulton, welcomed
the tender for the Centre as a
significant step forward for the community.
“As the report shows, investment in health infrastructure in Dubbo is
providing the community with a much needed boost, particularly as we face the
challenges of the drought. The Western Cancer Centre is a project
we can all be extremely proud of, and it promises
far-reaching benefits for Dubbo
and Western New South Wales,” Mr Coulton said.