Victoria Minister for Planning Matthew Guy
Plans Approved For New $22.7 Million Charlton Hospital
Victor P Taffa
Planning Minister Matthew Guy has acted to ensure critical health services for the Charlton community are available, through approval of a new site for the Charlton hospital.
A planning scheme amendment will see the timely delivery of the new hospital after the local hospital was destroyed in the January 2011 floods.
The hospital includes 15 beds (13 aged care and two acute), facilities for urgent care and primary care, a medical clinic, ambulance station, helipad, administration and support services. External courtyard areas will be set aside for aged care patients and those undergoing physio and rehabilitation.
“This new hospital will deliver an expanded range of health services to more than 1,400 locals and is an important support close to home for Charlton’s elderly residents and their families, rather than having to travel considerable distances to alternative facilities.” Mr. Guy said.
Member for Swan Hill Minister Peter Walsh welcomed the decision.
“The floods in 2011 had a major impact on families in and around the Charlton district so it is vital that permanent health services be re-established as the district continues to recover and rebuild.” Mr. Walsh said.
“This project will be a major boost to the provision of health services for the local community and provides a welcome fillip to the local economy creating 22 ongoing jobs and generating business for the region’s service suppliers.”
Minister for Health David Davis said the Victorian Coalition Government had delivered $22.7 Million in the 2012 State Budget to re-build the Charlton campus of East Wimmera Health Service.
“This purpose-built facility will include residential aged care and inpatient bed-based services, urgent care, primary care and allied health services, including the co-location of general practitioner services.” Mr. Davis said.
“I would like to thank all project partners for their enthusiasm, drive and commitment to the development of what will be a first-class facility that will provide essential health care services to the residents of Charlton and surrounding districts well into the future.”
The Charlton hospital will play an important role in providing essential services to the region, adding to the network of health facilities in the townships of Donald, St. Arnaud, Wycheproof and Birchip as part of the East Wimmera Health Service.
As well as giving locals better access to high-quality health services, its strategic location north of the town centre has excellent vehicle access, which can be critical in an emergency.
“The Coalition Government is committed to improving access to quality health care across regional and rural Victoria, and these services are important to maintain the viability of our towns and support the needs of Victorians.” Mr. Guy said.
The hospital will be completed towards the end of next year, following an immediate tender process.
Amendment C26 to the Buloke Planning Scheme will be gazetted shortly.