Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson has today written to the Minister for Health requesting that the $250 million Shellharbour Hospital upgrade is prioritised to start in the June State Budget.

“The State Government has indicated that the upgrade of Shellharbour Hospital is fully funded.

“The Minister has an opportunity to argue that the $250 million upgrade should start in the State Budget in June.

“The upgrade of Shellharbour Hospital has clear bipartisan political support in the Illawarra”, she said.

Ms Watson, in a letter to the Minister today, has asked her to complete the business case for the upgrade as soon as possible to ensure it is submitted to the NSW Treasury and that local construction firms are involved in the construction project, including assurances that Australian-made steel will be used:

As the Government also commences the processes for the development of the 2016-17 State Budget, I urge you to ensure that the upgrade of the Shellharbour Hospital is a priority project in this year’s budget.

You have previously publicly indicated that the Government has fully funded the upgrade of Shellharbour Hospital.  This $250 million investment in the local health facilities of the southern Illawarra region would be an important regional economic stimulus and provide much-needed job opportunities.  It is also crucial that the upgrade should offer as much opportunity to local, Illawarra-based construction firms to be involved in this project.  I seek your assurance that the Government’s procurement processes will seek to use the maximum possible extent of Australian-made steel as part of the upgrade.

Ms Watson’s call follows an announcement by the Minister earlier this week that the State Government has started the upgrade of St George Hospital in southern Sydney.

“The upgrade of Shellharbour Hospital has been at the planning stages for the last five years under this Government.

“It’s time to stop the paper-shuffling, get the funding flowing in the June State Budget, and start getting shovels into the ground”, she said.

To see Anna Watson’s letter to the Minister for Health, dated 29 January 2016, click here.


29 January 2016