Frankston City Council has welcomed news that a re-elected Andrews Labor government will invest $562 million towards expanding healthcare services at Frankston Hospital.
Two new 11-storey buildings will deliver 120 new hospital beds, two new operating theatres, an additional 13 new emergency department beds, a new maternity ward, obstetrics ward, women’s clinic, paediatric ward, special care nursery, more mental health care services and beds, a new oncology ward and an oncology day clinic.
“This is a fantastic outcome not only for Frankston City residents, but for the broader region that will now have access to even more health care services,” said Frankston City Mayor Councillor Colin Hampton.
“With the health and wellbeing sector being a major employer for our city, we’re delighted to have continued investments in the provision of high quality and vital healthcare services at Frankston Hospital.”
“Furthermore, the proposed investment in Frankston Hospital further highlights the need to electrify the rail line from Frankston to the Mornington Peninsula as it will transform how the region accesses jobs, education and healthcare.”
“We hope that Monday’s announcement will lead to funding being committed by the Victorian Government to deliver the vital rail extension for the benefit of Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region.”
In preparation for the expansion of the Frankston Hospital, Council has been supporting the relocation of the Frankston Tennis Club, which currently occupies the Crown Land required for the project.
“To ensure this 127 year old club’s rich history remains alive and well, Council has developed plans for a proposed new multi-sport complex at Centenary Park in Langwarrin,” said the Mayor.
“We have already committed $ 11 million towards delivering the project, but we still need state and federal governments to contribute an equal share which will give Frankston Tennis Club and Bayside Gymnastics Club a new home.”
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