Progress on hospital planning welcome news for Byron Shire

North Coast Greens MP Jan Barham has welcomed the NSW Government’s progress in planning for the Byron Shire Central Hospital project.

Ms Barham has been involved in progressing the hospital since her election to Byron Shire Council in 1999 and was a member of the committee developing the services plan.

Today in the NSW Upper House, Ms Barham asked the Government for clarification about funding allocations for the project in this week’s NSW Budget.

“Last December the Government announced $500,000 to fund the next stage of planning, and I’m pleased that there has already been progress on this stage despite the Budget counting these funds toward the next financial year,” Ms Barham said.

“The community will welcome the news that Health Infrastructure opened tenders for architects and project managers this week and expects to award contracts by mid-July.

“I was informed that planning will be completed by the end of 2013, which will include Treasury review of the funding needed to implement the project.”

For Further Comment, please contact Jan Barham directly on 0407 065 061