Dear BHAG members, Friends & supporters,

Your committee has commenced a public awareness & further fundraising campaign about the leaking roofs at Bellingen Hospital. We have written to Mr Stewart Dowrick (Chief Executive of the Mid North Coast Local Health District) & The Hon. Andrew Stoner MP and cc’d Andrew Fraser MP, The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP (State Minister for Health), Luke Hartsuyker MP, Ms Kath Boman (EO/DON at Bellingen Hospital) and our Mayor Cr. Mark Troy.

Andrew Stoner & Andrew Fraser are putting some pressure on Mr Dowrick (who has not replied to any of our correspondence) however at this point in time the bureaucrats & politicians are either silent or ‘passing the buck’.

We are keeping the squeaky wheel turning with further media exposure.

In the mean time we recently held a very successful raffle raising $547 for a hand painted silk scarf donated by Leonie of Paradise Silks. Alice Lloyd (local well known identity) is the lucky winner.

We have also been donated a Black Angus cow “ROOF-FUSS” by Maida Bugg (local beef breeder) with butchering donated by Kevin Aitken (Bellingen Butchery). This is a very generous donation with 4 equal first prizes each valued at $500. This raffle will be drawn in early June. Tickets are only $1 & are available at a number of different businesses in the Shire. Garry & Chantal Howe (Bellingen Newsagency) donated the raffle books & various stationery to assist us.

Have you signed the petition that is located at various businesses in the Shire? We have well over 1,000 signatures to date & will close it in June.

$36,418.22 (currently in a term deposit) is now set aside to assist the re-roofing project. We are installing a barometer in the Bellingen IGA window so that everyone can monitor the progress of the fundraising.

Thank you to everyone who supports our local hospital.
Barbara Moore (President BHAG Inc.)7th April 2013