Sharon Bird MP, Federal Member for Cunningham, and Stephen Jones MP, Federal Member for Throsby, today welcomed the official opening of the Wollongong and Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centres.
Both indicated they would have prioritised being available for the opening of the new Cancer Centres which were funded by Labor governments if they had been invited.
In April 2010 the Federal Labor Government invested $12.1 million and the State Labor Government invested $2 million to increase the provision of radiotherapy services at the Wollongong Cancer Centre. The Federal Labor Government also committed $24 million and $10 million from the NSW for the Shoalhaven Cancer Centre.
Over a BBQ with local cancer care volunteers Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Health Minister Carmel Tebbutt, Minister for the Illawarra David Campbell, and local MPs Sharon Bird, Jennie George, and Noreen Hay and Labor candidate for Throsby, Stephen Jones announced this much needed funding for Wollongong Hospital.
“We were very proud as local Labor MPs to secure this funding which we had worked with many locals to achieve,” Sharon Bird said.
“We would, of course, have made every effort to join those locals in celebrating the opening today if the State Minister had invited us.”
Mr Jones emphasised that the achievement of the local community including local specialists, cancer support groups, administrators, nurses and local politicians at the time was a great example of a community working together for those most desperately in need.
“It is great to see the culmination of all this work in the official opening of these critically important services,” Ms Bird and Mr Jones concluded.
29 NOVEMBER 2013