The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the new Maitland Hospital is on exhibition from today and local residents are encouraged to give their feedback over the next month.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC was onsite today at the Metford construction site for the announcement and was pleased to see progress and additional funding for the project.
“The 2018 Budget committed $23.5 million for construction in addition to an additional $20 million allocation to the project, taking the value from $450 million to $470 million.”
“Included in the design are a new emergency, chemotherapy, mental health services, palliative care, a maternity wing and a special care nursery.”
“The community can view building, public transport and traffic plans, as well as other information to address potential impacts on the local area.”
“This is an important step for the Lower Hunter community and is another step forward for the community in receiving a world class hospital that services their needs now and into the future.”
“This is a project delivered by the NSW Liberal National Government. The Labor Opposition have not listed Maitland in their Health Infrastructure Policy document, their Health spokesperson refused to commit to a new Hospital in 2016 and they did not submit a substantive proposal to the Parliamentary Budget Office during the 2015 election.”
“The Service Statement, which outlines the services to be provided by the new facility, will be available on the Hunter New England Health website next week.”
To make a submission or view the Environmental Impact Statement, visit www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au or drop into the Maitland City Council offices at 285–287 High Street, Maitland.
Submissions can be made until 19th July. For more information visit http://www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au