Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is calling for feedback from the local community about the potential location of a HealthOne facility in Canowindra.
In 2021, the NSW Government announced funding of $6 million to develop a HealthOne facility in Canowindra.
Angela Firth, WNSWLHD Planning and Service Development Manager, said there are two options currently being considered as locations for a health facility – one is a new site, and the other is the existing Canowindra Soldier’s Memorial Hospital site.
“Option A proposes a health facility in the central business district of Canowindra, at a new site on the eastern side of Mill Street and on the corner of Blatchford Street. Option B proposes the existing hospital site on Browns Avenue,” Ms Firth said.
“The Canowindra community will be able to submit their feedback via a survey, which will also allow people to view the two options and consider key information in relation to both locations.
“We will ask the community which option they prefer and why, allowing the local community to give their feedback to support the decision-making process.
“The survey will be open for two weeks from 8 March until 22 March 2022. We will also hold a virtual ‘town hall’ meeting on Wednesday 16 March, to give the community the chance to hear from, and ask questions of the experts who examined the location options for the facility.”
Ms Firth said the community’s feedback will be considered alongside other key parties and stakeholders, to ensure the final location of the health facility is based on the best clinical and community needs.
“This is a major project that will be incredibly important for the future of Canowindra and the wider area, so community feedback is one of the many things the District needs to take into account before making a decision on the location,” Ms Firth said.
“Cabonne Shire Council has already expressed its preference which we are grateful for. This kind of timely feedback from key stakeholders, along with important logistical and budget requirements, and the outcome of the Clinical Services Plan, will ensure the location is appropriate for the community’s needs.”
To give feedback on the location of the HealthOne facility at Canowindra, visit: https://bit.ly/canowindrasurvey
To register for the virtual ‘town hall’ meeting, visit: https://bit.ly/canowindraHPMPregister