Kiama Hospital wins funding

THE proposed aged and healthcare services building on the Kiama Hospital site will be a big winner from the $100 million Illawarra infrastructure fund announced at the University of Wollongong today.

Minister for the Illawarra  John Ajaka will formally announce the successful projects this morning.

Kiama council sought $8 million for the aged-care facility. 

The Fowlers Road bridge at West Dapto has been selected as one of the projects to benefit 

It is not known  whether these projects will be fully or partially funded by the infrastructure fund. 

It is believed there are at least four other projects on the list, including one in the Shoalhaven local government area. It is not known whether any projects in the Wingecarribee and Shellharbour areas have received funding.

Kiama council's funding would go towards the construction of an aged and healthcare services facility on the Kiama Hospital site. The facility will include a nursing home and hostel for the council's Blue Haven aged-care facility.

The $100 million infrastructure fund comes from the proceeds of the leasing of Port Kembla. 

When Treasurer Mike Baird announced the lease in the 2012 budget, the region was promised $100 million to spend on infrastructure projects. 

Earlier this year, Infrastructure NSW received 124 applications for funding which it whittled down to a shortlist of 20 projects asking for a total of $172 million.

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