THE NSW Government is providing $80,000 to reopen Albury hospital’s hydrotherapy pool which has been closed since June.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard reacted to pleas by member for Albury Greg Aplin after Border residents protested against the shutdown which had been caused by poor hygiene problems with the heated pool.
"I am pleased to advise that Minister Hazzard has approved my request for urgent funding to cover all costs associated with the repairs for the hydrotherapy pool at AWH as a special one-off payment," Mr Aplin said.
"Although AWH receive annual agreed funding contributions from the NSW Government for the day to day operation of their services, including maintenance, the community's concerns have been heard and acted on.”
Mr Aplin said he had hoped the $80,000 figure would have been divided between NSW and Victorian governments with his Liberal colleague for Wodonga Bill Tilley raising the issue with the Labor government in his state.
"When I discussed the matter with Minister Hazzard he expressed his disappointment that the facility had ceased operating, the time taken to advise affected clients and the overall impact the closure has had on patients and community groups," Mr Aplin said.
"The NSW Health Minister agreed a speedy resolution was required and approved the commitment for funding within days.
"Again, the NSW Coalition Government is happy to step up to ensure residents in need of this facility are not left stranded.
"The money's there - now, back to AWH to get it done."
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