Moree community encouraged to sign petition
THE Moree and district communities have come together with almost 2,200 signatures already collected on a petition to secure $80 million from the NSW Government to fully redevelop Moree District Hospital, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall thanked those who had signed the petition so far and urged every member of the community, whether living in Moree, or in smaller community across the district, to put pen to paper in the next three weeks.
“People power is a powerful and essential ingredient when it comes to political push for a project on this scale,” Mr Marshall said.
“I would love to see more than 5,000 names on this petition, which will demonstrate just how important this redevelopment is to the local community and its future.
“When I mount a case on behalf of the community to the Health Minister and Treasurer to secure a new hospital, it makes an enormous difference to be able to show that everyone in Moree is right behind this project and the campaign for it.
“This approach was successful in Armidale and again in Inverell for their $60 million hospital redevelopments and I want ensure we give ourselves the very best chance to make it three from three.”
Mr Marshall launched the petition three weeks ago with Mayor Katrina Humphries and said estimates put a full redevelopment cost at $80 million and while the existing hospital had wonderful staff and visiting specialists, the current hospital didn’t do justice to that professionalism and the environment health and medical practitioners and employees had to work in and with.
“I thank every person who has supported this petition so far, but now we one last big community effort to push the signatures over the 5,000 mark and make our case loudly and completely united,” he said.
Petitions are available to be signed in most Moree businesses, Moree Plains Shire Council and Mr Marshall’s electorate office in Balo Street. Copies of the petitions can be secured by contacting Mr Marshall’s office on 6752 5002.