Govt acknowledges Council concerns over health services
Published on 06 July 2021
Edward River Council mayor Cr. Norm Brennan has described the acknowledgement of Council’s advocacy for better health services by NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard as a big win for the region, with confirmation an independent clinical services plan will be undertaken.
“We have been lobbying for this since our Council was formed – and really have pushed for a commitment from the Government to review our health services. We attended the Upper House Inquiry, we wrote to our local MP, the deputy premier, the premier, Shadow Ministers and more, and finally, our advocacy has been acknowledged,” Cr. Brennan said.
“We believed and now it appears the government concur; a clinical services plan was essential to understand the objective needs of the local community and to provide a clear set of actions to fill the gaps in health services available locally.”
Cr. Brennan said the outcome of the clinical services plan progressing was the result of Council collaborating with local health groups and the Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
“I am delighted Minister Hazzard has confirmed to me the plan will be progressed in 2021-22 and it will be completed by an external provider,” the mayor said.
“The Minister confirmed the plan will support health services to be organised and delivered based on the community’s existing and future needs. It is a great step forward for all of us in the Edward River region, and beyond.”
Mayor Brennan said health services was just one part of Council’s advocacy strategy, which also includes the commenced Seniors Living Precinct, agribusiness, the airport, Deniliquin High School and mobile phone blackspots.
“Our role as a local Council is to advocate on behalf of our ratepayers and residents for better services. We are grateful to the NSW Government for recognising our work and the needs of the LGA,” he said.
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