Labor must fund Community Health Centre for Ararat

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has reignited the campaign for a new community health centre in Ararat.

Ms Staley today hosted Shadow Health Minister Mary Wooldridge and Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Health Margaret Fitzherbert in Ararat where the future of this crucial project was discussed with East Grampians Health Service CEO Nick Bush, Ararat Council Mayor Paul Hooper and President of the Eastern Grampians Health Service (EGHS) Matt Wood.

This would be a one stop shop catering for wide variety of services including: dental, counselling, district nursing, child health, physiotherapy, youth services and mental health. The project has the backing of East Grampians Health Service and Ararat Rural City Council.

Shadow Health Minister Ms Wooldridge highlighted Ms Staley’s strong advocacy for this project, “as a candidate Louise Staley was key to the Liberals commitment of $3,700,000 to build a Community Health Centre in Ararat that would provide a large number of health services under the same roof.”

“Louise Staley knows how to fight for what the community needs” Ms Wooldridge said.

Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Health Margaret Fitzherbert noted “The Andrews Government has neglected rural health care in the latest State Budget, this much needed project will provide a more integrated health service for Ararat.

The project has received the backing of local Government with Ararat Shire Mayor Cr Paul Hooper also calling on the Andrews Government to fund the new Community Health centre.

“It’s about the delivery of an integrated service that the community will be the beneficiary of” Cr Hooper said.

“Ararat Rural City County is pleased to support this project.”

President of the EGHS Matt Wood said this project would deliver great results in improving local health care.

“The true value of this project is the improved services to the community” Mr Wood said.

“Collaboration and reducing overlapping in service delivery means better outcomes for our community”.

Ripon MP Louise Staley today called on the Andrews Government to immediately commit funding to this vital project.

“The Ararat community continues to put up a strong fight for this project, the Andrews Government needs to recognise this crucial project and get on with the job of funding it” Ms Staley said.

“Daniels Andrew’s obsession with inner city Melbourne has to stop, health care facilities across rural Victoria must not be neglected, and this project is ready and waiting to be ticked off on.

“We are here to today to send a message to Daniel Andrews, ignore Ararat at your own peril, fund this community health centre”.