Cessnock City Council push for a common sense location for the proposed Lower Hunter Hospital
Cessnock City Council is calling on the NSW Government to consider a location along the Hunter Expressway for the proposed new Lower Hunter Hospital.
The new health hub is set to provide residents of the Hunter better access to healthcare and relieve pressure on Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital, however current plans are for the hospital to be built at Metford.
Cessnock City Councillor, Paul Dunn said building the new facility at Metford will not achieve these key goals.
“A true regional hospital needs to be accessible to all residents in our community, including those living in outlying areas”.
“Putting the hospital along the Hunter Expressway will provide for the most direct route as the majority of the population boom is on the west side of Maitland”.
“The positive benefits of locating a hospital on the Hunter Expressway will not only be felt on the region’s healthcare but on our local economy”.
“This is a real opportunity to provide a boost to our economy as this facility will no doubt generate jobs”, Cr Dunn said.
A delegation of Councillors will seek a meeting with NSW Minister for Health, Hon Brad Hazzard MP to urge him to consider this preferred location.
Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said he looks forward to entering into talks with a number of State Government representatives.
“As a Council we must identify opportunities for our community that will have overwhelmingly positive outcomes and this clearly fits the mould.
I welcome more options being put back on the table”, Cr Pynsent said.