Rudd Government kick starts Nepean expansion
The Australian Government is kick-starting new major health building projects in New South Wales, with funding from its nation-building Health and Hospitals Fund.
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The Hon Nicola Roxon MP6 August 2009
Minister for Health and Ageing
David Bradbury MP
Member for Lindsay
The Rudd Government is kick-starting new major health building projects in New South Wales, with funding from its nation-building Health and Hospitals Fund.
Western Sydney will benefit from the $96.4 million expansion of the Nepean Hospital in Sydney’s outer west, in addition to $17.2 million to the University of Sydney for the Nepean Clinical School which will be built across the road from the hospital. These landmark projects were announced in the 2009 Federal Budget.
Minister for Health and Ageing, Nicola Roxon joined Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury on a tour of the hospital today and announced that the first payment toward the project had been made.
“$17 million has been provided by the Rudd Government in first year funding for the expansion of the Nepean Hospital.”
Stage three of the Nepean Hospital redevelopment will expand physical infrastructure at Nepean Hospital including a new East Block, expansion of in-centre renal dialysis stations, mental and dental health services and the Intensive Care Unit, and major equipment upgrades and refurbishments.
This project, to be completed by February 2013, will benefit people living in the outer Western Sydney areas of Penrith, Blacktown, the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury from improved access to hospital and health services.
“This project is an important investment to upgrade key hospital and research infrastructure in New South Wales and is just one of many across NSW and Australia,” Ms Roxon said.
“These landmark HHF projects are central to the Rudd Government’s health reform agenda to equip Australia’s health and hospital system for the 21st century,”
Mr Bradbury said that the projects would be a huge infrastructure boost locally. “Not only will they will mean better patient care and more support for our doctors, nurses, paramedics and other professionals. They will also provide thousands of jobs in construction in the state, stimulating the economy,” he added.
For more information contact the Minister’s office 02 6277 7220
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