THE federal budget has delivered two surprise health announcements for Ballarat.
Ballarat District Nursing and Health Care has received a $1.7 million upgrade, and La Trobe University gained a $2.6 million boost for house and land packages supporting allied health and dental students on clinical placements, to attract new dentists and allied health professionals to the Ballarat area.
Funding of $3.3 million had already been announced for the Ballan GP Super Clinic.
“It’s a very strong Labor budget. It’s focused on health, education and strongly focused on lower and middle incomes,” Member for Ballarat Catherine King said.
“I’m really delighted about the two health announcements.
“The funding for Ballarat District Nursing and Health Care will provide for podiatry clinic rooms, a wound clinic, a diabetes education clinic and the upgrade of IT infrastructure for the organisation.
“It’s a really important service. It will be one of the foundation stones for the aged-care reforms in our region.
Ms King said the region would also benefit from investment in local roads, with more than $969,696 in Roads to Recovery funding.
With funding of $691,368 for Hepburn Shire, $908,043 for Moorabool Shire, and $988,834 for Golden Plains Shire, the allocation of Roads to Recovery funding across the region now totalled $3,557,921.
There was also $36.45 million for the ongoing Western Highway duplication from Ballarat to Stawell.