Call for hospital conversation
Lou, for Shoalhaven's partners in health, it's not a problem; Illawarra has five hospitals and an average travel time of only 11 minutes.
They also have 60 hospital beds above NSW's pro rata allocation. Shoalhaven is short 60 hospital beds, Illawarra has the beds.
And they are taking the annual staffing wages; for 60 beds, that's around $46 million. Bay and Basin and Milton Ulladulla are missing out on annually!
And that plan Illawarra Shoalhaven Area Health revealed is 10-years-old. Pre COVID-19 buildings are now redundant; they'll need to be re-adapted to serve new purposes.
Architects predict an increase in modular construction, larger building footprints, flexible building design, lightweight architecture, and unique layouts.
The World Health Organisation recommends natural ventilation clean air flowing into every space, from clean air to less clean air.
"Use of fences to avoid passage of people close to openings (windows and doors), keeping people or animals at a distance at least of 4m."
So is it wise to locate the hospital in a residential area where there will be multiple hospital ventilation stacks?
Or would the hospital be better on a larger footprint in a rural location? The Ex-Servos did it with their brilliant greenfields development at Worrigee. So can the NSW Government with our hospital. The Shoalhaven community needs to have a conversation before we spend all these millions.
Bill Hancock, Nowra
Candidate approach praised
Compliments to Paul ELL (Gilmore Liberal members will elect 'own' candidate October 6).
You are well known as a speaker to the VIEW club.
We are so proud of you, your leadership qualities and your goals to help the community.
'We are ready for the gunnas'
The old Liberal guard of Gilmore has risen for over 20 years.
Pre COVID we saw the closure of the paper mill, rubber factory, Nowra mail centre, unemployment a disaster and a money drought with many shops closed.
Three public hospitals under stress with no MRI, no major infrastructure like the Nowra bypass, except for Mainroad 92, or new hospital for the South Coast electorate.
But with the Lions Club and the Rudd government came the Cancer Centre at Nowra and the GP Super Clinic which is now defunct from its original charter and now we have a captain's pick again.
A Minister for Transport who sent NSW jobs overseas - trains/ferries/buses wasted billions on Sydney transport while in Gilmore people suffer with public transport from Kiama to Bega rail/bus etc all because Gilmore was listed as a safe Liberal seat.
But no more!
We are ready for the gunnas and the fake news to come.
Nowra bridge is only a replacement for the old bridge not new infrastructure.
Wal Bourke, Sanctuary Point
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