Greg Hunt

Federal Member for Flinders | Minister for Health

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Commonwealth funds begin to flow for new Health and Medical Hub at Cowes

Thursday, 16 June 2016

An exciting milestone in the development of the Phillip Island Health & Medical Hub has
taken place, with the first tranche of Australian Government funding transferred to Victoria.

The $500,000 in funding is for the preparation of detailed design plans for the new health facility, with construction due to begin early next year.

A further $2 million will be transferred to the Victorian Government once the design of the new facility has been finalised and approved.

“I am delighted that we have now reached the stage where detailed design and
development plans are being drafted for the new Health & Medical Hub,” Mr Hunt said.

“Securing a much-needed health facility for Phillip Island was my number one priority for
the electorate at the last election and it is terrific to see this project now well underway,” he said.

“The Hub will provide a range of new health and medical services in a state-of-the-art
facility. More importantly, it will become part of the Wonthaggi Hospital network and over time will grow and expand as the demand for health services on Phillip Island inevitably increases.”

“I welcome the news that Bass Coast Health is doing a review of its clinical services to help identify which services should be offered at the Hub. I urge local residents to attend one of the forthcoming community consultation sessions to have their say.”

The Australian Government is contributing a total of $2.5 million towards the $6.5 million
project, which will be built on land in Church St provided by Bass Coast Shire. The Victorian Government is providing $2.2 million and the Warley Trust a further $1.1 million.

The federal funding was a commitment made at the last election by Mr Hunt, who has
worked closely for several years with the community on a plan to boost medical care on the island in the wake of the Warley Hospital closure.

“This project is an example of what can be achieved if we work together as a community.
For years we were told that a public health and medical facility on Phillip Island was impossible. Well we proved them wrong.”

“I particularly want to thank the Phillip Island Health and Medical Action Group and the
Phillip Island Progress Association for their hard work on this project,” Mr Hunt said.

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