The turning of the sod officially marked the start of new Echuca hospital on Wednesday.By Kathleen Tonini
The first sod was turned on Wednesday to officially mark the start of construction for the new Echuca hospital.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis, along with Member for Northern Victoria Donna Petrovich, Member for Rodney Paul Weller and board president, Judy Cook, all took hold of a shovel to mark the occasion.
Yorta Yorta elder Aunty Melva Johnson did a welcome to country, describing the event as a ‘‘really big occasion’’.
An Aboriginal blessing of the ground was also performed before the crowd headed inside to escape the heat.
Inside the new education centre, Mr Davis spoke about the new hospital in detail and praised the community campaign for funding before the last election.
Funding was announced by the Victorian Government in May last year, following a community campaign for a new hospital.
The campaign culminated in a rally in October 2010 and the then Liberal-National Opposition pledged $40
Mrs Cook also spoke, thanking the community, board, staff and executive for their work in planning the new hospital.
She also thanked Mr Weller for his ‘‘dogged’’ support for a new hospital.
The main construction of the $65.5
Mr Delahunty said with preliminary works done and major works set to begin in late January, it had been a positive start to the redevelopment.
‘‘By this time next year, work on all the new wards will be complete,’’ he said.
Mr Weller said it was fantastic to host the health minister in the Rodney electorate to celebrate the opening of much-needed health facilities in local communities.
‘‘The State Government and the local community have worked hard together to achieve a new hospital for Echuca and the new state-of-the-art facility will provide for the entire Echuca-Moama community for generations to come,’’ Mr Weller said.
City of Greater Shepparton councillors have chosen not to provide support for the Slap Tomorrow forum on climate change to be held next month.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
Echuca East Primary School students had to remove dog poo before they could play a game of junior football at Echuca East Recreation Reserve on Friday.
The Elmore Events Centre has received a $500,000 grant which it will put towards the centre's $1.1 million upgrade.
The call has gone out for Kyabram residents to throw open their garage doors for Kyabram Gift Inc's annual Purple Weekend fundraiser.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A fire on a historic bridge on the Heathcote Spring Plains Rd is being treated as suspicious.
Koonoomoo’s recovery from a tornado which hit the township in March is continuing — but this weekend the process will take on a lighter note.
The Roos, after losing four games in a row, have won their second straight with an 80-point thrashing of Picola United.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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