We need a new Hunter region Hospital


 We need a new Hunter region hospital to take the workload off John Hunter not a new Maitland hospital which would only serve one community. The new hospital should be built in the Hunter Expressway corridor where it could service the community of West Maitland, Cessnock LGA and Singleton LGA. The message coming through that the new Metford Hospital would replace the aging Maitland hospital is scandalous. Below is a letter written to the Premier and Health Minsiter back in May 2014. 

A petition has been produced by people in Branxton concerned that the new hospital will be built on the eastern side of Maitland thus depriving people west of Maitland and beyond medical services. Branxton is famous for its Lions Club sign (Two Cemeteries no hospital) at the entrance to the town

Premier of NSW
The Honorable Michael Baird MP
NSW Parliament
6 Macquarie Street

Premier Hon Mike Baird:  Health Minister Hon Jillian Skinner

Our Business Chamber would like to bring to your attention the recent Government decision to locate the new Hunter Hospital at Metford in the Maitland Electorate.

It is our firm belief that this was a very poor decision and not based on sound geographic and population growth information.

Many of the Lower Hunter and Upper Hunter hospitals are greater than 100 years old and cannot cope with the 21st Century population growth which is moving North West to places such as Cessnock, Kurri Kurri, Lochinvar, Branxton and Singleton Shire.

With the completion of the Hunter Expressway and the recent announcement of the Hydro Aluminium Smelter closure freeing up some 2,000 hectares of developable land, we believe the decision needs to be revisited.

During the Hunter Hospital Submission period for the new hospital Hydro Aluminium, Kurri Kurri put in submission for consideration.

We believe this site adjacent to the Hunter Expressway is a “no-brainer” as it can service Maitland, Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, Branxton, Singleton and further west.  The Smelter land adjacent to the expressway is virgin land with no contamination is flood free and is well serviced by all infrastructures.

Community members from our community would like the opportunity to meet with yourself and Minister for Health Jillian Skinner to further discuss our concerns and this proposal.

This is an opportunity to get it right the first time around.

Hunter Valley Way launched

Welcome to Hunter Valley Way

The newest tourist drive on the eastern seaboard will be launched on Thursday 18th of December in Kurri Kurri at a function at the Hunter Region BEC, Barton Street, Kurri Kurri to celebrate this projects achievement.

Sponsors and partners invite the public to view the tourist drive “Hunter Valley Way” either on Facebook or visit www.huntervalleyway.com.au

Starting at the M1 at Freeman’s Water Hole in Lake Macquarie, Hunter Valley Way covers the small towns and villages throughout the Hunter finishing in Merriwa on the Golden Highway.

 The drive is web based and is accessible on the new Smart Phones, iPads and social media platforms.

The project has been developed over a number of years since the announcement of the Hunter Expressway construction in 2010. A small committee of like minded people from the Hunter came together to build the tourist drive and identify the many and diverse attractions this part of the region had to offer visitors and travellers.

The drive also caters for the caravan and mobile home travellers with commercial parks, RV dump stations and camp sites along the route.

The Hunter Valley Way incorporates six member town and area precincts in three shires of the Hunter Valley all within easy reach of each other beginning at Freemans Waterhole just off the M1, then passing through Kurri Kurri/Weston, Lovedale, Branxton/Greta, Hermitage Road precinct of Pokolbin, Broke Fordwich/Bulga, Jerrys Plains, Denman and Merriwa on the Golden Highway.

Members of the Hunter Valley Way project include Hunter Business Chamber, Cessnock City Council, Singleton Council, Kurri Kurri District Business Chamber, Kurri Kurri Towns with Heart committee, Branxton-Greta Business Chamber, Around Heritage committee, Broke Fordwich Tourism and Denman Chamber of Commerce.