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Wednesday, October 03, 2012
The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant is encouraged by the priority accorded to three health related projects in the Dubbo electorate as reflected in the State Infrastructure Strategy (SIS), when ranked against similar projects in New South Wales.

Infrastructure NSW released its SIS this morning; the strategy is an independent report and not Government policy.

The proposed redevelopment of the Forbes Hospital and construction of the Parkes Hospital rank second place among the 24 health related projects on the plan.

The Dubbo Base Hospital redevelopment stages one and two ranked third and stages three and four ranked fifth.

"As a region Dubbo fares particularly well for investment in health infrastructure," said Mr Grant.

"The Dubbo Base Hospital Redevelopment and Forbes and Parkes Hospital projects have been given a high ranking in a list of health projects across the state, given their importance as regional facilities that will be expected to cater for a larger population through migration to the area from elsewhere within the state.

"It also reflects the NSW Government's determination to deliver improved health services to the region in response to community expectation for better access to and higher level of care provided."

The SIS will now be subject to a debate in the Parliament and the Government will formally respond to the SIS by the end of the year.

A fully-funded five-year infrastructure plan will be released next year and incorporated into the 2013/14 Budget process.

In the four years to 2015-16 the NSW Government will invest $61.8 billion in building the infrastructure NSW needs—on average investing $1 billion more a year on infrastructure than over the previous four years.

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