By Bev Jordan
A final Rouse Hill Hospital new site has been announced for the longawaited $300 million Rouse Hill Hospital and it’s on Windsor Rd near the junction with Commercial Rd, Rouse Hill.
The NSW Government made the announcement just over a week ago, on March 30, ending a huge pause since the hospital’s likely site was first announced in February 2019.
The old site, at 768 Windsor Rd, was in Blacktown City Council’s area near Castlebrook Memorial Park. The new site, on the opposite side of the road, is in Hills Shire Council’s area and is close to Rouse Hill Town Centre.
The site acquisition process for the new land is under way and construction will start in this term of Government, prior to March 2023.
In his announcement, Health Minister Brad Hazzard said: “I want to thank the local community for their patience as the experts have worked through a number of challenging obstacles to select a site which will offer the best outcome for the people of Rouse Hill and Western Sydney.
“I am thrilled to see us move to the next stage in delivering this vital health infrastructure project. The final site has better access and allows for more land use opportunities compared with the previously announced site, and allows us to better meet the future health needs of Western Sydney.”
Member for Castle Hill Ray Williams said it would be a huge advantage for patients, staff and carers to have good connectivity to the Rouse Hill Town Centre and a Sydney Metro station so close.
“Good public transport and road access is essential. Not just for patients and their families but also for the thousands of staff who will get jobs at this new hospital,” Mr Williams said.
”The Rouse Hill Hospital will future-proof health services in North Western Sydney for decades to come. It will be a gamechanger for the area by providing new world-class health facilities and creating thousands of local jobs.”
Hills Shire Mayor Michelle Byrne called it “fantastic news for our community” and said it provided certainty that a public hospital for the region was on its way.
“With a rapidly growing population we need this new hospital sooner rather than later to alleviate the pressure on surrounding hospitals and to provide further access to medical facilities and services closer to home.
“We are looking forward to working with the NSW Government to deliver a premier health precinct in Rouse Hill,” she said.
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said the new hospital will be a tremendous asset for generations. “I am excited that we are still on track to get construction under way before the next election. To have a new hospital built in the right location is what our communities deserve,” Mr Conolly said.
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