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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has today welcomed the NSW Government’s budget announcement, it plans to start work on a new Bankstown Hospital within three years.
However, Mayor Khal Asfour reminded the Premier of the importance of CBCity having a seat at the table, for the planning of such an important piece of public health infrastructure.
"I have called on the Premier and Planning Minister to establish a steering group which can help guide the planning process," he said.
"In moving forward with a new hospital, it is important to understand the troubles that face the existing one, with the greatest failing being its location, with difficulty of access by any means other than a private car; the absence of any complimentary land use adjoining it; and the competition for parking on residential streets.
"As a result, to me, the only sensible option is positioning the new hospital in Bankstown’s CBD, which already has access to public transport options, other medical services nearby and Western Sydney University working towards establishing a new campus there. This is a trend other leading cities throughout the world are taking on, such as Boston (MIT), New York (Columbia University),
Philadelphia (Hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania-Penn Presbyterian).
"Having said that, for this to work here and to prepare CBCity, I believe Bankstown Railway Station must be placed underground, and Stacey Street widened between the M5 and Hume Highway.
"To place it away from the CBD would be selling short the numerous opportunities for creating accessible jobs, education, research and healthcare in our region."
Mayor Asfour said while he was happy to see progress on the new hospital proposal, he was disappointed there didn’t appear to be any timeframes for the Government’s previous commitments to:
15/08/2019 4:17 PM