Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall is pushing on with his case for a redevelopment of Glen Innes and Moree hospitals, meeting with health minister Brad Hazzard on Thursday.
Armed with petitions totalling more than 8000 signatures from the Glen Innes and Moree communities, Mr Marshall presented the minister with the case for new and modern health facilities.
“I had to take an extra suitcase just to bring all the petitions and letters with me,” he said.
“I took forward very strong cases for both redevelopments, along with eight thousand letters and emails of support from the Moree and Glen Innes communities.
“I had a very good hearing and came away feeling optimistic. The strong response from the community showed that there is a huge demand for these new facilities and helped impress this upon the minister.
“He was quite shocked with the volume of support and immediately recognised there was an appetite for these significant improvements.”
Mr Marshall launched the petitions for massive upgrades at both hospitals in October last year with estimates putting the Glen Innes project at $20 million.
“These are significant projects and it’s a lot of money, but these two communities deserve to see the benefits of modern health facilities too, just as Armidale is now and Inverell is seeing being built right now,” Mr Marshall said.
“I want to again thank every person who has supported the petitions and that I’ll keep swinging for both hospitals until I get an answer from the minister.”