Health | March 09, 2017
Wimmera Cancer Centre
Victorian Parliament - 9 March 2017 - Ms Kealy - My question is to the Minister for Health, and the information I seek is: when will the minister provide additional funding of $1.5 million to make the Wimmera cancer centre a reality, as promised to the people of the Wimmera at the original funding announcement in Horsham on 13 May 2016? I quote a Wimmera Mail‑Times article of 13 May 2016 headed ‘Wimmera cancer patients meet health minister’:
Ms Hennessy said the government was prepared to allocate extra funding if needed.
‘If you don’t get there, we will’, she said.
‘We’re going to build this. This project is not going to stop if the community fundraising falls short’.
The community has shown outstanding support for this project, having raised in excess of $1.2 million. However, the total cost of the project has increased by $1.5 million and now requires additional funding to ensure that the people of the Wimmera can access cancer treatment, dialysis and palliative care in the high‑quality facility that they deserve.