Member for Ripon Louise Staley joined the Board, staff, volunteers and supporters to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Maryborough and District Health Service.
Despite a wild and windy day, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the community in recognising the importance of the health service to the communities of Maryborough, Dunolly, Avoca and districts.
Ms Staley congratulated all involved in planning the festivities including today’s events, the dinner dance on Thursday and the Blue Ribbon Ball tonight.
“MDHS has served the Maryborough and District exceptionally well for 160 years, but the buildings at Maryborough have outlived their usefulness. It is now time to plan for a major refresh of the hospital,” Ms Staley said.
“The health service identified problems with their building and that is why as a candidate I promised to deliver $10.3 million to rebuild the acute services. The Andrews Labor Government has never matched my commitment” Ms Staley said.
“As a first step I am calling on the government to fund a comprehensive master plan” she said.
Ms Staley noted, “I want the next 160 years of MDHS to be as strong as the first 160 and to do that I am calling on the government to invest in a hospital that meets Maryborough’s future health needs.”