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No support for Bulli’s ED at this stage: Heathcote MP

By MICK ROBERTS

THE State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans will not commit support for Bulli Hospital’s emergency department until an Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District discussion paper is released.

A spokesperson from Mr Evans’ office told The Bulli Times that he will not make an annoucement on whether he supports the retention of a 24 hour, seven day a week emergency department at Bulli at this stage.

The Save Bulli ED Group formally submitted the community’s six resolutions to Mr Evans at his Engadine office on Thursday.

The six resolutions, which were agreed on at a rally of over 500 people in Bulli Masonic Hall last month, had a strong focus on the community’s demand for the retention of the 24 hour, 7 day a week doctor-led emergency department currently operating at Bulli Hospital.

“At this stage Mr Evans is waiting for the community discussion paper regarding the future role of Emergency and Urgent Care Services based at Bulli Hospital to be finalised by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, and for the recommendations within that paper to be presented to the Minister,” the spokesperson said.

Save Bulli ED convenor Alison Fettell said members of the group requested Mr Evans to push the NSW Government for more funding to maintain and upgrade the emergency department at the hospital when they presented him with the resolutions of the community meeting.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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