On Wednesday 15th June 2016, twelve months of hard work by the BHAG Volunteer Gardeners was recognised at the official opening ceremony of the Patient Wellness Garden.
Patient Wellness Garden plaque
The ceremony was attended by MNCLHD senior management, Bellingen Council, the Lions Club, members of the Gumbaynggirr community, BHAG Volunteer Gardeners, the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, the Foster Family, hospital staff and numerous other community organisations and individuals who had all played a part in bringing the PWG project to its successful conclusion.
You can read the full story and see more photos by following this link to the BHAG Volunteer Gardeners website: Patient Wellness Garden Opening Ceremony
Welcome to Country
The Smoking Ceremony
Dedication of the Carl Foster Memorial Gazebo
Dedication of the Birdbath
In January, Bellingen Shire Council wrote to BHAG commending us on our exemplary delivery of the Environmental Levy Community Fund Project – the Patient Wellness Garden at Bellingen Hospital. We were thrilled to receive this letter, and heard on the grapevine that ours was the best documented community project ever!
This month, BHAG was delighted to receive a letter of thanks from the Mid North Coast Local Health District’s Chief Executive, Stewart Dowrick, thanking both the BHAG Committee and the Volunteer Gardeners for their support during 2015.
On Wednesday 10th June, Bellingen Hospital held a morning tea to celebrate the installation of a solar hot water system for Hartley House, and to thank the members of the community responsible for pushing the project to completion.
You can read a potted history of the 9 year battle to install solar hot water at Bellingen Hospital by clicking on the link below …
Solar Hot Water Bellingen Hospital History
And you can read Barb Moore’s celebration speech to see who contributed to the success of this project …
Barb’s presentation Solar Hot Water Celebration
This is another great day for the Bellingen community!
LOCAL MPs TO RECEIVE YOUR PETITION TO RE-ROOF BELLINGEN HOSPITAL SATURDAY 20TH JULY
Everyone in the community is invited to attend the handover of the petition of nearly 3,000 signatures to our local MP’s The Hon. Andrew Stoner & Mr Andrew Fraser at 12.15pm this Saturday the 20th of July outside the Library in Maam Gaduying (Council) Park. Continue to demonstrate your support to replace the leaking roofs at our hospital with a poster (we will have some or we welcome you to make your own).
This will be the third time in 5 years that we have petitioned the NSW Government to preserve & support our local hospital.
Our community has raised $46,953 to contribute towards the cost of re-roofing with $11,953 raised in the past 4 months. This is a phenomenal effort by a small community. The Bellingen IGA Community Benefit program recently raised $112 & “Roof-Fuss” our Black Angus raised $4,480 alone & we wish to thank our chief fundraiser Pauline (photographed) for her amazing effort with this fundraiser.
BHAG needs to find a new home to display our Posters, Thermometer of funds raised & the Honour role of donors. If you have window space available in your business would you please contact Barbara Moore on 66551898.
We are still waiting for Mr Stewart Dowrick to reply to our last letter of 24th May where we requested a written guarantee that he will allocate funds to replace the leaking roofs on both Hewitt Block & Hartley House.
We have received a written reply from The Hon. Jillian Skinner MP (NSW State Health Minister) however she did not offer any additional funds. She has advised us that Mr Dowrick is seeking an updated costing to replace the roofs with a view for funding to be allocated in the 2013/14 financial year and that Physical Resources will continue to monitor any areas of concern during heavy rain to minimise disruption to services.
It would appear that the health service is taking this matter more seriously than has been the case in the past. So thank you to everyone who continues to support this project. The voice of the people with the squeaky wheel is a formidable force. Well done.
Barbara Moore (President BHAG Inc.) 10/07/2013