Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today launched a petition for a new Cowra Hospital.

Ms Cooke was joined by Mayor of Cowra Bill West for the launch, the next step in an ongoing fight for an upgrade at the site.

“It may be ambitious, but I’m hoping we can garner 10,000 signatures,” Ms Cooke said.

“This is about sending a message to the bureaucrats in Sydney from our community on the ground here in Cowra.

“We know the staff do an absolutely exceptional job here but it’s time for the building to be brought into the 21st century.”

Cr West said it was vital that planning funds were allocated as soon as possible for the hospital, which was built in 1958.

“This community needs a new hospital and we need the budgetary process from planning through to construction to start as soon as possible to provide certainty,” Cr West said.

“We acknowledge that it will take time to get the first sod turned.”

Ms Cooke recently invited Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor, and Parliamentary Secretary for Rural and Regional Health Leslie Williams to tour the site.

Petitions will be available at the Council Chambers at 116 Kendall Street, in select businesses around town and at Steph Cooke’s Cootamundra electorate offices in Young and Junee.