Pollies in push for $5m Gladstone health centre bid

BOTH the Federal and State Governments have thrown their weight behind the council's bid for $5 million in funding for the 'Integrated Health Precinct' on Philip St.

In separate letters Federal MP Ken O'Dowd and State MP Glenn Butcher highlighted health was the responsibility of all levels of government and offered their support for the council's application.  

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In particular, both MPs pointed out creating a centralised precinct would reduce costs for not-for-profit organisations such as Gladstone Women's Health, Community Advisory Service and Blue Care.

But that's only enough for half of the project and previous applications have been successively rejected.

In 2012 the funding request was rejected under the state government's Royalties for Regions Funding.

In 2013 the Federal Labor government made an election promise it would offer $9 million in funding, but that was after the same government rejected an application for $5 million under Regional Development Australia.

At the time, then LNP deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop said it wasn't a project her government would be funding. 

Now the council is hopeful with the support of all levels of government, this latest application will be approved. 

Applications for the latest round have closed and the Federal Government will decide in the coming months which projects will be approved.  

Letters from Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher and Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd offering their support for the council's application National Stronger Regions Fund.
Letters from Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher and Flynn MP Ken O'Dowd offering their support for the council's application National Stronger Regions Fund.


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