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All talk – no hospital – for Barwon Health North

The Andrews Government has failed the Geelong North community by breaking yet another promise to the community.

In 2015, the Andrews Government Health Minister, Jill Hennessy said the new $33 million Barwon Health North facility will be built at Norlane by 2017.

Ms Hennessy said construction would start in the second half of 2016 and be completed in 2017.

But Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has told the Victorian Parliament that not one shovel of dirt has been moved on the project.

“2017 is nearly over and they are still arguing the toss about some planning issues,” Mr Ramsay said.

“The funding for this project was actually committed by the previous Government under then Health Minister, David Davis.

“So, this is not a new idea.  It has been well discussed and planned for a long time.

“But like other Geelong projects, such as the Convention Centre, this project and the local community, have been failed by the Andrews Government.

“It cannot get things done – certainly not on time and certainly not on budget and certainly not when it is too busy buying Green votes in Melbourne.

“That’s where the Government’s attention is – Melbourne Central,” he said.

Mr Ramsay has asked the Minister to advise when construction will start and when it will be ready.

“With ambulances backing-up and an ageing population – this health facility is overdue.

“Add to that, Geelong’s higher than state average obesity rate and the implications with Type 2 diabetes, this region is in need of better health services and access.

“Barwon Health North has become another example of this Government’s failure to keep it’s promises, failure to do anything outside of Melbourne and failure to do anything that doesn’t involve tolls.”

The Andrews Government has failed the Geelong North community by breaking yet another promise to the community.

In 2015, the Andrews Government Health Minister, Jill Hennessy said the new $33 million Barwon Health North facility will be built at Norlane by 2017.

Ms Hennessy said construction would start in the second half of 2016 and be completed in 2017.

But Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay, has told the Victorian Parliament that not one shovel of dirt has been moved on the project.

“2017 is nearly over and they are still arguing the toss about some planning issues,” Mr Ramsay said.

“The funding for this project was actually committed by the previous Government under then Health Minister, David Davis.

“So, this is not a new idea.  It has been well discussed and planned for a long time.

“But like other Geelong projects, such as the Convention Centre, this project and the local community, have been failed by the Andrews Government.

“It cannot get things done – certainly not on time and certainly not on budget and certainly not when it is too busy buying Green votes in Melbourne.

“That’s where the Government’s attention is – Melbourne Central,” he said.

Mr Ramsay has asked the Minister to advise when construction will start and when it will be ready.

“With ambulances backing-up and an ageing population – this health facility is overdue.

“Add to that, Geelong’s higher than state average obesity rate and the implications with Type 2 diabetes, this region is in need of better health services and access.

“Barwon Health North has become another example of this Government’s failure to keep it’s promises, failure to do anything outside of Melbourne and failure to do anything that doesn’t involve tolls.”