Maryborough Hospital new build abandoned in State Budget

The Andrews Labor Government has abandoned the people of Maryborough by failing to deliver the long-promised and desperately needed redevelopment of Maryborough Hospital.

Today’s Victorian Budget has exposed the Premier for Melbourne’s lack of concern for the health and wellbeing of Maryborough residents.

Member for Ripon, Louise Staley MP, has called on the Premier to fund the Maryborough Hospital redevelopment in full immediately.

“The 2020/2021 Victorian Budget fails to fund any construction of the hospital, raising serious questions about their intention to deliver the project at all,” Ms Staley said.

During the 2018 election campaign, Daniel Andrews promised Maryborough locals that he would provide $100 million to rebuild Maryborough Hospital in this term of government.

Today’s 2020/2021 State Budget only includes a small parcel of funding for planning and purchasing land. Meaning no actual work will start on the redevelopment in the foreseeable future.

“Halfway through their term in Government, Daniel Andrews and Tim Pallas have shown that they don’t care about keeping their promises to the Maryborough community,” Ms Staley said.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the absolute necessity of well resourced, state of the art, medical facilities in regional Victoria. The Andrews Government is willing to go into $155 billion of debt in this budget, but they could not find the money they promised to redevelop the Maryborough Hospital.”

“It’s not good enough, and I will continue to fight for this essential project to be delivered.” 

“Daniel Andrews needs to see past the tram tracks and get serious about delivering for regional Victorians.”