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The 2020 AGM was held on 29th July 2020 at St Andrews Uniting Church Hall, Bellingen.
I would like to thank and extend a warm welcome to the members of the 2020/2021 Committee:
Public Officer (retained): Fenella Briscomb
President: Barbara Moore
Vice President: Pauline Murphy
Secretary: Fenella Briscomb
Treasurer: John Conway
Committee Members: Charlotte Blesing, Marlene Howes and Margaret Hooper
Consultant VMO: Doctors Derek & Olivia Bell
This past year’s ‘on ground’ activities continued to demonstrate our communities’ commitment to our local Bellingen Hospital with regular maintenance of the gardens that we have created and restored, including watering during the very hot and long dry Spring and Summer seasons. This physical presence at our hospital reminds senior executives and staff that our community remains vigilant and committed. We will never allow them to forget what happened in late 2009 when our community was called to action and saved our very own Bellingen Hospital.
Regular maintenance, expanded services and new capital works are a common occurrence by the health network. A representative from your BHAG Committee (Fenella Briscomb) was present at meetings with hospital staff and contractors where she was actively consulted on all areas of works especially those that may have impacted on the beautiful gardens BHAG has created and maintained over the years. The latest upgrade works included internal works to Hartley House, an expanded and redesigned car park at Hartley House including a new safe pedestrian path from the front of the building to the ramp access. Work is still in progress to improve some internal roads, main car park and safe pedestrian access to the reception & emergency entrances. With the removal of the roundabout, large vehicle access including Emergency Services will now be achievable. It has taken 10years for the roundabout works since the community initially advised the then CE Mr Chris Crawford in 2010 of its hazard.
If a critical situation were to occur such as a loss of services or a change in the delivery of core services that one would expect at a local public hospital we would immediately act and confidently call upon our amazing community to rally to the cause.
The Minutes and President’s report of the 2020 AGM are able to be viewed by clicking on the links below.
On behalf of the incoming committee I would like to say ‘Thank You’ to our amazing community for your on-going support. Your generous donations and acknowledgment of the committee’s work encourages us to continue in what may appear to be a stable and safe situation – though we remain the ever vigilant sceptic. We continue to represent your voice at all levels of Government and at the senior level of management of the Mid North Coast Local Health District and locally at Bellingen Hospital.
Please contact us if you have any concerns about the service or stable future of our Bellingen Hospital as we are your voice – loud and clear.
Yours in ‘SOS Bellingen Hospital’
Barbara Moore (President)
To nominate for a position on the BHAG Committee
- Download the fillable pdf Nomination Form below.
- Obtain written nominations from two current committee members.
- Complete the acceptance section of the Nomination Form.
- Forward it to the BHAG Secretary, PO Box 120, Bellingen NSW 2454 OR email to email@example.com
- The form must be received by the Secretary by 22/07/20 (allow 2-3 days for local delivery)
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Parking facilities at the hospital are currently undergoing a substantial, multi-million dollar upgrade which is scheduled to finish late in September 2020. The works will provide the hospital with 52 additional car park spaces, and 8 accessible parking spaces, improve the traffic and pedestrian flow and improve staff and patient safety.
The Hartley House Car Park has been re-designed and re-paved, resulting in additional parking spaces for visitors and staff. The Main Car Park and “Tennis Court” car park are being brought to the same level and merged, resulting in a further increase in parking spaces (and a wonderful view of the mountains). The roundabout, which prevented large vehicles from entering the hospital has been removed, and the access road will be re-paved. Several new walkways have been constructed allowing easier inter-building access.
BHAG was pleased to have been invited to participate in the planning process by MNCLHD.
As a result we have been able to work co-operatively with the hospital and the earthworks company AJ Civil Projects throughout the project.
In addition to the earthworks, weed trees have been removed, wood much has been made available to the volunteer gardeners, several mature Elkhorn and Staghorn ferns have been relocated to the Hewitt Arboretum, the entrance to the arboretum has been cleared and mulched, and the time capsule which was located in the old roundabout has been preserved for later installation at the entrance to the main hospital building.
BHAG looks forward to continued co-operation with the Mid North Coast Local Health District on future upgrading and improvements to the Bellinger River District Hospital.