10 January 2007
Orange hospital major development approved
The NSW Government has approved a $194 million redevelopment of healthcare facilities in Orange, Health Minister John Hatzistergos announced today.
“This will be a major investment to the Orange economy, as well as its health system,” Mr Hatzistergos said.
“Health services at the Orange Base and Bloomfield hospitals will continue during the construction period.”
The new general hospital will be built on playing fields north of the existing Bloomfield Hospital buildings. Only 6.7 hectares of the 59 hectare site will be affected.
“The majority of the buildings will be retained, but Ward 20 will be demolished to make way for parking and the secure mental health building,” Mr Hatzistergos said.
“The NSW Government took great care to re-use parts of the existing hospital, and respect the historical significance of the site.
“As a result, wards 18, 19, as well as Amaroo and the Canobolas Clinic will be refurbished for administration, clinical services and rehabilitation functions.”
The Department of Planning sub-delegated planning and assessment functions to Orange City Council and the project was publicly exhibited between September and October last year.
Planning Minister Frank Sartor imposed 29 conditions of consent, including requiring NSW Health to contribute towards better public recreation on the Bloomfield site, to offset the loss of playing fields.
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