The Nationals Member for Shepparton, Kim O’Keeffe, visited Numurkah Pioneers Memorial Lodge today to speak with the CEO, staff and residents, after it was announced the lodge will receive $55 million in this year’s State Budget.
“This is a silver lining in what is a brutal State Budget. The Board and staff have been lobbying for a redevelopment to future-proof their facility for 20 years,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
“This investment will make a tremendous difference to staff, residents and their families.”
NCN Health CEO, Jacque Phillips, said the redevelopment is expected to begin by 2025.
“The lodge has been an important facility for the Numurkah community for more than 46 years,” Ms Phillips said.
“We know the community will be interested in this exciting chapter of the lodge’s history, and we will engage residents, their families, staff and the community at every stage of the redevelopment through ongoing community consultation.”
NCN Health will now work with the Victorian Health Building Authority, the Department of Health and Moira Shire Council to get the project underway.
Ms O’Keeffe said while the State Budget failed to provide any significant relief to the region’s healthcare, housing or priority projects, she is thrilled the lodge will finally receive critical upgrades.
“The Numurkah community has been waiting 20 long years for this investment,” Ms O’Keeffe said.
“Regional Victoria should not have to beg for crucial upgrades, but I am pleased to see Numurkah’s calls have been heard.
“The Goulburn Valley deserves its fair share of funding, and I will ensure our electorate isn’t left behind by the Andrews Labor Government.”