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Battle for Bulli Hospital goes to Macquarie Street

SAVE Bulli ED Group and supporters will be protesting outside NSW State Parliament House tomorrow watching closely as the debate on the future of Bulli Hospital unfolds.

The debate in the lower house was sparked by State Labor MP for Keira Ryan Park, who gathered 10,000 signatures from concerned residents in support of increased funding for the besieged hospital.

Save Bulli ED spokesperson Alison Fettell said protesters will be in the public gallery, urging politicians to listen to the community’s call for further funds for the hospital.

Over the last week more reports have emerged about the need for a fully functioning emergency department at Bulli.

Ms Fettell said there have been reports about the life-threatening bottle neck at Wollongong Hospital’s emergency department.

“The community in the northern Illawarra has the Bulli emergency department that is capable of saving lives and taking the burden off Wollongong,” Ms Fettell said.

“We will continue to fight to ensure this service is maintained to an appropriate level and kept open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

The Save Bulli ED Group is making representations to all level of government and across all political persuasions to prevent Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) plans for a US style (Urgent Care Centre) alternative to the emergency department. The Urgent Care Centre would not operate 24/7.

“Our meeting with our elected representative Lee Evans was disappointing,” said Ms Fettell. “He would not commit himself to supporting his southern constituents on this critical issue.”

A spokesperson for Mr Evans told The Bulli Times he would give his opinion after a ISLHD report is completed into the future of Bulli’s ED.

Representatives of the Save Bulli ED Group will protest on the steps of State Parliament at 3.30pm tomorrow (Thursday 16) to make their voices heard before Ryan Park has his debate on Bulli Hospital on the floor of Parliament at 4pm.

“All residents are welcome to join us on the steps of Parliament,” Ms Fettell said.

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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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