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$8m boost for Coolah multi-purpose service/$200,000 for Dunedoo Library

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Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today announced the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government will invest over $8 million into the Coolah Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) projects.

Mr Humphries made the announcement in Coolah today to a crowd of health staff and local community groups who have been liaising with the Minister on the need for funding.

“It is with great pleasure that I can today announce the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government commitment of over $8 million toward the upgrade of MPS facilities at Coolah,” Mr Humphries said.

“Multi-Purpose Services are much-loved by their communities because they ensure residents have access to a wide range of health services on their doorstep.

“Multi-Purpose Services contribute enormously to the wellbeing of rural communities – they provide integrated health care in a patient-centred environment, encouraging better care closer to home.”

Coolah

Downtown Coolah (source: www.travelling-australia.info)

Mr Humphries said the funding will go towards extending the existing facility to amalgamate local health services under the one roof.

“The renovations will upgrade the building so as to provide both a better workplace for hospital staff and a better experience for patients,” he said.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the NSW Government is investing almost $5 billion in the redevelopment of hospitals and health facilities in its first term.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals made a commitment to rural and remote communities that we would ensure they had access to quality, timely health care closer to home,” Mrs Skinner said.

“These MPS projects are a wonderful example of this commitment becoming a reality.

“Communities across the state are benefitting from Multi-Purpose Services because of their approach to delivering the specific care local residents need.”

Western NSW Local Health District and Health Infrastructure are working to determine the clinical needs of the Coolah community and plan the projects to ensure they provide the right level of care right into the future.

Meanwhile,

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries today announced $199,397 in funding for the revitalisation of Dunedoo Library.

Mr Humphries said he was thrilled with the boost of funding for the well-loved library for the Dunedoo community.

“This money will enable the Dunedoo Library to be extended and make improvements to the fit out, services, collection and library spaces.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals recognise the valuable role public libraries play in regional communities.

“The funding injection is part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s NSW Public Library Infrastructure program and I’m proud our community is benefiting from this new program,” Mr Humphries said.

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for the Arts Troy Grant said Dunedoo Library is one of many receiving grants for projects providing significant public benefit and improving public library buildings, spaces and information technology for NSW communities.

“Public libraries play a critical role in our local communities providing access to collections, information and technology that help people at all stages of their lives.

“The Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to working with councils to enhance library services and facilities across the State.

“The $3 million in infrastructure funding brings the total of NSW Government support for NSW libraries in 2014/15 to a historic $27.5 million,” Mr Grant said.

NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive Alex Byrne is pleased the Public Library Infrastructure program will enable councils to develop new or improved library buildings and IT infrastructure upgrades.

“The State Library has supported local libraries since the Library Act came into being in 1939, and we are most excited to see the continued growth in library services across NSW over the 75 years,” Dr Byrne said.

The Public Library Infrastructure Grants program is administered by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Library Council of NSW.

All NSW councils were invited to apply for grants in September 2014. $15M will be allocated under the program over four years.