Health Minister Brad Hazzard, joined by
Aboriginal Elder Joan
Evans who delivered the welcome to country, marked the major
milestone by planting a tree at the front
of the new facility.
“The Cobar community now has a modern and culturally welcoming facility
bringing multiple health services under the one roof, offering patients and
staff a better experience,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The Hospital was largely untouched for 50 years until the NSW Liberals
& Nationals promised and delivered a brand new health facility, as we have
done for dozens of other regional communities.
“We made a commitment to the people
of Cobar that we would provide access to quality health care closer to home, and this project is a wonderful example of that commitment
becoming a reality.”
The new Cobar Health Service
is part of the NSW Government’s statewide $305 million program of works to upgrade existing or
build new multipurpose facilities in rural and regional areas.
Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive of Western NSW Local Health
District, said the development puts emergency, medical
imaging, dialysis and more community health services under the one roof.
“This project really has been a community effort and we thank
everyone for their invaluable input into the design of this amazing new facility,
including the artwork and signage,” Mr McLachlan said.
“The redevelopment also provides the community with an additional 10 residential
aged care rooms as part of the Lilliane Brady Village extension
and an Aboriginal courtyard to support healing.”
Other significant health achievements in the Local Health District include
the $241 million Dubbo Hospital redevelopment and $35 million Western Cancer
Centre project; the $70.7 million Mudgee Hospital redevelopment; and
much-needed new Ambulance stations at Cowra and Grenfell.
The redevelopment of a new health
facility at Lightning Ridge is due for
completion next year, following completed projects at Molong, Coolah and Rylstone. Two-thirds of the NSW Government’s record $10.1 billion
health infrastructure budget over the next term will go to rural and regional
The Cobar Health Service is due to open to the public in January 2020.