The new $6 million Canowindra HealthOne, announced as part of the 2021-22 NSW Budget, is a step closer with the NSW Government announcing that the existing hospital site as the preferred location.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said by building the HealthOne at the current Hospital site, it will enable patients to receive a range of health services at the one location.
“After extensive examination of both the proposed sites at Mill Street and Canowindra Solider Memorial Hospital, including seeking the views of the community, I’m happy to announce that the build will be progressing at the current hospital site,” Ms Cooke said.
“Through the due diligence site selection process, a number of important factors were considered from traffic assessment, flood planning, proximity to central business district, and future expansion opportunities.”
Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said services at the new HealthOne Centre will include a general practice, along with other community and allied health services.
“Having these teams working together under the same roof makes it easier to better manage health needs of our communities and keep people out of hospital,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Thank you to the community, Cabonne Council, and healthcare staff for providing their feedback, including through the online survey and information sessions, which helped us arrive at a location decision for the Health One development.”
Western NSW LHD will shortly begin the planning and approval processes and will seek to appoint a health design and an architectural consultant.
This will result in a final design to be carried forward through to construction.
The NSW Government has committed a record $11.9 billion investment towards building and upgrading our state’s health infrastructure over the next four years to 2025-2026, with nearly a third of the capital allocation in this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities.