Member for Narungga Fraser Ellis MP is very pleased the Snowtown Hospital’s Lumeah Homes Aged Care facility is to receive a $2.7 million upgrade to meet fire safety compliance and to replace roofing.
“When I toured there last August, DON Andrew Daulby showed me specific areas of need, and we discussed the roof and what needed to be done as a priority," Mr Ellis said.
“The $2.7 million investment comes from the Assets Sustainment Program created by the Marshall Liberal Government when it came to office, specifically to address the huge capital works and maintenance backlog in country hospitals, left to spiral out of control by the previous city-centric Labor Government.
“In September 2018, the Marshall Government’s first budget provided an additional $14 million per annum for the next 10 years to significantly improve country hospital infrastructure and to undertake urgent upgrades, such as the Snowtown Hospital Lumeah Homes project which is expected to start this year and be completed in 2020.
“This new fund has also ensured other urgent maintenance at multiple hospitals in the Narungga electorate is now being addressed, scheduled for completion this year.
“These projects include a new generator and electrical switchboard for Wallaroo Hospital; construction of the Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) at Yorketown Hospital; and telephone and nurse call bell upgrades at Yorketown, Maitland, Wallaroo and Port Broughton hospitals, as well as at Melaleuca Court Nursing Home at Minlaton.
“The Marshall Liberal Government understands how crucial it is that health services are maintained in country areas and whilst there’s a huge back log of works to do, we’re getting on with the job.”