NSW Premier Chris Minns made his first official visit to the South Coast on Friday (April 14).
The Premier visited the Eurobodalla Regional Hospital site at Moruya alongside Bega MP, Dr Michael Holland, and South Coast MP, Liza Butler.
The politicians met with over 40 local Aboriginal people, lobbyists for a radiotherapy clinic and workers at the earmarked site.
“Our first stop was the Eurobodalla Hospital site where we spoke to community and health workers about this exciting initiative and Labor’s commitment to open this hospital at a Level 4 Hospital with a completion date by 2025,” Mr Minns told East Coast Radio.
“It’s important for the community, it’s much needed health infrastructure and for the fast growing Eurobodalla region, people are desperate for this hospital,” the Premier said.
“We believe this hospital will change lives and ensure we’ve got a world-best health district and precinct right here on the New South Wales South Coast.”
When asked how the state government planned to ensure hospital staff had adequate housing, given the housing crisis on the south coast, the Premier said he was happy to take ideas from the community on board.
Mr Minns said he couldn’t wait to be return to Moruya to cut the ribbon and open the doors to the new hospital in 2025.
The Premier also visited the Bawley Point Rural Fire Station just north of Batemans Bay.
“We spoke to the volunteers at that fire station, about the important work they do keeping the community safe, and ensuring they have the resources they need as we head into the winter and then the 2023/24 fire season,” Mr Minns said.
The Premier’s South Coast visit concluded with a stop at the Milton-Ulladulla Hospital.
“I was lucky enough to speak to the chief executive of the hospital about the resources they need not just during the winter season, when flu admissions go through the roof but also the busy summer holiday period when these towns can sometimes double in population size.”
Images: Moruya Mail