Nov 29
One Step Closer To An Improved Lachlan Health Service

Western NSW Local Health District has issued an Expression of Interest (EOI), seeking submissions from local land owners within three kilometres of the junction of Dalton Street and Clarinda Street in Parkes, who would like to put forward their land for consideration as a possible site for the Parkes Hospital redevelopment.

Western NSW LHD Chief Executive, Dr Pim Allensaid  this important milestone continues our work towards a revitalized health service for the Lachlan community.

“The NSW State Government has committed $2.3 million for planning the refurbishment of Forbes Hospital and the redevelopment of Parkes Hospital and the EOI is the next step towards finding the best solution for both communities.

“The EOI will ensure the best site is identified for the new hospital.  The process we are following includes identifying and reviewing all available Government, private and Parkes Shire Council owned land that may be suitable, this includes looking at the existing site also.” Dr Allen said.

Member for Dubbo, Troy Grant, welcomed the commencement of the EOI process, saying it demonstrates the NSW Government commitment to the health needs of the region.

“The start of this EOI period highlights that Parkes and neighbouring communities are one step closer to an improved local health service.

“The EOI forms part of extensive planning to ensure the health needs of our region are met well into the future,” Mr Grant said.

Parkes Mayor, Cr Ken Keith said the options paper for the redevelopment of the Parkes Hospital will be extensive and include many alternatives for consideration.

“I encourage any Parkes land owner, with available land that meets the criteria to make a submission so we can ensure the very best outcome for our community,” Cr Keith said.

“It’s great to see all levels of government working together for the benefit of local patients, their family members and the wider community.”

Land owners with six hectares (60,000m2) of available land that is accessible to current local road infrastructure within three kilometres of the junction of Dalton Street and Clarinda Street and available for redevelopment should contact the Western NSW Local Health District.

Following the EOI period, an in-depth review of all submissions will be completed to create a shortlist that will be recommended for further on-site investigations to determine suitability. Suitable land will be valued in accordance with an open market valuation process.

Expressions of Interest close on Friday 14 December 2012 at 5pm, for more information about the EOI process visit www.wnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au.

 

ENDS

Public Affairs Manager

Rebekah Bullock

0407 959 781