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Gungahlin wants a hospital

By johnboy 18 April 2011 25

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Gungahlin Al has sent in the Gungahlin Community Council’s submission to the ACT Government on why a new hospital should be constructed in the Gungahlin Town Centre.

During our discussion with the Minister, we proposed that the Gungahlin Town Centre has an ideal location for a third hospital, and the Minister confirmed that an assessment by Land and Property Services had confirmed exactly this location as one of the preferred options for a greenfield hospital development. The other sites she discussed were at the corner of Kelleway Ave and Gungahlin Drive Nicholls and on the University of Canberra campus. We dismissed the Nicholls sites as being poorly served by public transport, lacking in local retail amenities, and of high impact on residents. We also expressed concern that the UC site would be putting student needs above those of the patients and their families, and being very close to Calvary would be losing an opportunity to establish a geographic spread of hospital services.

We also explained to the Minister that this site would most likely meet with strong community support, even from people in the community with housing close by. Indeed, through all the media coverage, online discussion through our website and Facebook group, and other meetings and online community efforts, the response we have received has been almost 100 per cent favourable for our proposal.

The land we proposed forms part of the 40 hectare area GCC has been successful in getting rezoned by ACTPLA to zones suiting business park development, as shown below. This location would provide the staff and users of such a hospital with immediate access to the Gungahlin town centre, which is now a fully serviced retail core. This would be very different from the geographic locations of TCH and Calvary – or UC for that matter – in that the distance from local shopping areas leaves users essentially locked into using a single on-site concessionaire.

The location is also on a high-frequency public transport route, with bus services at least every 15 minutes during week days and far more frequent during peaks. It is within a similar driving and public transport range from Civic as the Belconnen and Woden town centres. The soon-to-be-built community health clinic a block away would ensure the hospital can focus on cases of genuine need rather than having the emergency ward filled with the non-urgent presentations that seem to plague other hospitals.

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Gungahlin Al 2:34 pm 19 Apr 11

John Stanhope has come out against the threat of legal action: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/health/stanhope-talks-tough-on-hospital/2138579.aspx

Meanwhile Calvary claim they made no such threat. Well good then. We can expect no such action when the Government makes an announcement soon to build the third hospital then?

Keijidosha 9:53 am 19 Apr 11

joingler said :

Do you mean around the Bimberi centre?.

No, that is east of Mitchell. South of Mitchell would put the proposed hospital close to the junction of the GDE and Barton Highway and no more than 9km from anywhere in the Belconnen/North Canberra/Gungahlin regions (with the exception of some suburbs close to the lake, which would be closer to TCH anyway). This location would also have close access to arterial roads.

shadow boxer 9:08 am 19 Apr 11

No worries, thanks.

JC 8:51 am 19 Apr 11

shadow boxer said :

Isn’t this a third hospital ? I dont think the plan is to close Calvary.

Obviously the new one should be in Gungahlin

This isn’t the plan. The plan is the new hospital will become the 2nd government hospital, REPLACING the government function performed by Calvary, which will remain as a private hospital.

pandaman 11:04 pm 18 Apr 11

shadow boxer said :

Isn’t this a third hospital ? I dont think the plan is to close Calvary.

Obviously the new one should be in Gungahlin

Makes sense to me. Three hospitals, each near a major population centre. A third hospital at a site in Bruce makes zero sense unless you’re going to shut down, or scale down calvary right next door, which is crazy, because the idea is to increase the total available hospital beds right?

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