New data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released this week shows that Baw Baw Shire grew by 1,339 new residents in 2017-18 to more than 52,000 residents yet still the Andrews Labor Government refuse to commit to a plan to build a new West Gippsland Hospital.
Mr Blackwood said Premier Daniel Andrews needed to now commit to a new West Gippsland Hospital to ensure health care services didn’t fall behind rapid population growth.
‘For years Daniel Andrews has refused to acknowledge the need for a new West Gippsland Hospital to service our growing population,’ Mr Blackwood said.
‘The Premier has committed to business studies and planning which has been kept secret and we are fast reaching the point where the pressure on our health providers will become too great with population growth quickly outstripping our ageing resources.
‘More than 52,000 people now call Baw Baw Shire home and with that number only continuing to rise the Premier needs to detail his plan for the future of health care in West Gippsland.
‘The growth in population means more families, more births, more aged care service needs and more emergency department visits. Those numbers all point to the urgent need for a new West Gippsland Hospital.
‘We desperately need a new Hospital between Drouin and Warragul where our rapidly growing population in centred.
‘Land has already been purchased. The community is on board with the project. It is time the Premier was too,’ said Mr Blackwood.