The NSW Government’s decision to relocate the Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital to the current TAFE site is a positive move that has the potential to catalyse the development of a leading health andeducation precinct in Greater Western Sydney, according to the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue.
Announced today by NSW Health Minister Ryan Park MP, the $1.3 billion hospital redevelopment is part of Labor’s $3 billion budget boost for healthcare facilities in Western Sydney, with the hospital expected to provide a wide range of facilities including intensive care and emergency services, surgery and intervention procedures, aged care, mental health and cancer services.
Dialogue CEO, Adam Leto, said the redevelopment will improve health outcomes for one of Sydney’s fastest growing areas and help kickstart major urban renewal in the Canterbury-Bankstown corridor.
“After many years of political-hot-potato, it is good to see the Minns Government put pen to paper on a new site for Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital,” Mr Leto said.
“The Premier, along with Health Minister Ryan Park, have followed through on their commitment to the region and kept their promise to deliver a down-town, modern facility that will drive a range of health, social and economic outcomes.
“The Dialogue have long been advocates for relocating the hospital to the CBD as it presents an opportunity to form a new nation-leading health and education precinct, linking the nearby Western Sydney University campus and within short distance to the soon-to-be-complete Metro station.
“The CBD site means the government can deliver modern healthcare services, develop medical research facilities and create job, training and education opportunities in a new state-of-the-art medical facility right in the centre of the city.”
The hospital will also service one of Sydney’s fastest growing regions with the population of Canterbury-Bankstown set to reach more than 450,000 people by 2041.
“The decision to redevelop Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital on a site closer to the CBD is a positive step toward ensuring the health needs of the local population will be met well into the future,” Leto said.
“Just as we’ve seen in other precincts such as Westmead, Liverpool and Campbelltown, it also has thepotential to catalyse industry investment and spark the growth of Bankstown CBD."
Release via Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue.