Progress made on plans for Cobar’s new health service

State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries and National Party candidate for the seat of Barwon Andrew Shier were in Cobar last week to advise of the progress of Cobar’s new health service. The pair are pictured with Cobar Hospital Health Service Manager Karen Manns, Cobar Health Council Chair Gordon Hill and NSWLHD General Manager of the Northern Sector Mary Urquhart.

Plans for Cobar’s new health service have reached a milestone with the development application now approved and a contract for construction awarded.

State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries was in Cobar last week to announce the latest developments.

Mr Humphries said construction works for the project will be carried out by Hutchinson Builders.

He said with these two milestones now achieved, early construction activities are expected to begin by the end of September/early October.

“Given the size of this project and the staging required to work in with and continue to deliver the existing health services, the project is expected to be completed in early 2020,” Mr Humphries said.

The Cobar Health Service redevelopment project includes constructing a new Health Service, which will be co-located with the existing Lilliane Brady Village which provides residential aged care.

The new health service will include the provision of inpatient services; emergency services; Community Health services and staff accommodation as well as providing an additional 10 residential aged care rooms and a small refurbishment of the Lilliane Brady Village aged care facility.

The project will provide 10 acute/sub-acute beds, including respite and palliative care that can be used flexibly.

“A key feature of the project is the co-location of the health services and the residential aged care services in connected buildings,” Mr Humphries said.

“This co-location will provide benefits for staff, residents, and patients by providing greater capacity to meet the increasing demand for residential aged care services in a home-like environment, and delivering a range of health care services in a purpose-built facility.”

Cobar’s redevelopment project is part of a $300million program of works to upgrade existing or build new multipurpose service facilities at a number of rural and remote communities throughout NSW.