Extra $2.45 million to extend Macquarie Home Stay

Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton (second from left), said that a re-elected Coalition government will invest $2.45 million to extend Macquarie Home Stay. Mr Coulton is with Macquarie Home Stay board member David Ringland, Chair Susie Hill and Managing Director Rod Crowfoot. Photo contributed

More patients and their families will be able to access accommodation while seeking medical treatment in Dubbo, with the Coalition Government committing $2.45 million in funding to extend Macquarie Home Stay.

Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, announced the funding during his campaign launch in Dubbo on Monday.

“Macquarie Home Stay has become a vital service for people from right across the Parkes electorate who need to travel to Dubbo for medical care, whether that be expectant mothers preparing to give birth, day surgery patients, or people undergoing treatment for cancer,” Mr Coulton said.

“The facility currently has 17 units which provide a low-cost home away from home for rural and remote patients and their families, taking the stress out of having to find suitable accommodation during what is often a very difficult time.

“But as Dubbo continues to grow as a health hub, following the opening of the Western Cancer Centre and upgrades to the hospital, more and more people are travelling for treatment and subsequently require accommodation.

“This has placed increased demand on Macquarie Home Stay, which is why this extension is so important.

“The $2.45 million will be used to build an additional 26 purpose-built units to support cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at the Western Cancer Centre.

“I’m thrilled to have helped secure the funding for this expansion, which will benefit so many families across my electorate.”

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