Victoria Minister for Health David Davis
Coalition Funds Charlton’s New Hospital
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government is funding the new Charlton Hospital, Minister for Health David Davis announced today.
The Coalition Government will provide $22.7 Million to replace the hospital, which was extensively damaged in the January 2011 floods.
The funding comes on top of $1 Million in last year’s Budget to start planning for the new hospital and secure a block of land.
“I’m pleased to say that the purchase of the former Charlton Primary School site in Learmonth Street was finalised earlier this year, and the Government is funding the rebuilding project to return a modern, first-class hospital to the Charlton community.” Mr. Davis said.
“This demonstrates that even in these tough times, the Government is building for tomorrow.”
“The community of Charlton needs its hospital, and the Coalition Government is determined to deliver it sooner rather than later.”
Mr. Davis said the purpose-built hospital would include residential aged care and hospital bed-based services.
Urgent care, primary care and allied health services will be provided, along with the co-location of GP services.
“In addition, this modern facility will enhance residential aged care and ambulatory care services, and will improve access to health services for the residents of Charlton and the wider district.”
Mr. Davis said a comprehensive design process would ensure the new facility was better able to withstand any future flood events.
Detailed construction planning will now commence, leading to the issuing of tenders, and building works are expected to start early next year.
“Regular updates will be provided to the Charlton community to ensure they are kept informed of the project as it develops.” Mr. Davis said.