Albury-Wodonga cancer centre dispute drags on

THE impasse between Albury Council and Albury Wodonga Health over a payment of $450,000 for developer contributions associated with the regional cancer centre remains unresolved.

Victorian Health Minister David Davis yesterday inspected progress on the $70 million Albury-Wodonga centre in Borella Road, due to be completed in October next year.

The payment for water and sewerage infrastructure has been a sticking point between council and AWH since mid-last year, though the sum has been reduced from the original $630,000 sought.

A joint regional planning panel approved the development application in August to enable Hansen Yuncken to start work and meet deadlines in line with federal funding.

It was revealed at the time that the project would have cost more than $1 million less had it been built in Victoria.

A council spokesperson confirmed the matter had not been resolved.

Mr Davis has no direct involvement in negotiations which have been left to the NSW Government’s planning department, council and AWH to resolve.

Mr Davis said the centre would be a huge boost to the area.

“The centre will include enhanced radiotherapy services, medical oncology services, a wellness centre, research facilities, consulting rooms for visiting specialists and paediatric ambulatory chemotherapy services.

“Construction is on track to be completed in late 2015.”

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