The New South Wales Government has more than doubled its investment into Shellharbour Hospital to fast track infrastructure and create jobs across the state.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the NSW Government has increased its contribution from $250 million to $570 million to deliver the Illawarra a state-of-the-art hospital on a new site.
“This investment is about creating thousands of new jobs and ensuring the South Coast has a world-class hospital with the capacity to care for the health needs of the community now and into the future,” she said.
The $320 million funding boost means a total of $700 million will be funnelled into the project from the state and federal governments.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the increased funding will attract world-class clinicians and hospital staff to the region and deliver up to 2800 jobs during construction to boost the local economy.
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“And by building a brand new hospital on a greenfield site, it provides greater opportunity to design a campus which can accommodate future demand and growth,” Perrottet said.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the new Shellharbour Hospital will relieve pressure on the existing hospital network and offer locals first-class facilities on their doorstep.
“We know in the next decade one in four people in the Illawarra will be aged 65 or older and need better access to care, in addition to its millions of visitors,” Hazzard said.
“Work is already underway to identify a site where health services for all demographics could be collocated in one place and building can commence as soon as possible.”
Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said this investment would change lives in the region.
“When I make a promise to our community, I always get it done. I’ve been fighting hard for southern Illawarra residents to ensure we have a hospital that will serve our region for many years to come,” Ward said.