$5M pledge

Federal Labor has pledged $5 million to build a dedicated purpose-built home for Castlemaine District Community Health (CHIRP) if elected to government this Saturday.

Bendigo Labor incumbent Lisa Chesters visited the health facility this morning to make the announcement.

Ms Chesters said Labor’s $5 million investment will help construct a new, purpose-built facility for community services as part of the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub.

New council facilities will also be included in the planned shared space.

“This would enable Castlemaine District Community Health (CDCH) to implement a more holistic approach to health across the area, and develop a collaborative approach to ongoing community engagement,” Ms Chesters said.

“Castlemaine District Community Health will play a vital role in leadership around integrated chronic disease management and preventive health in the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Partnership.”

Castlemaine District Community Health CEO Di Couch welcomed the pledge.

“It’s going to be a great asset for the Castlemaine and District community moving forward and this is a great first step towards our bold vision to develop the Mount Alexander Health and Wellbeing Hub – in partnership with Castlemaine Health and Mount Alexander Shire Council.”

Lisa Dennis
Editor of the Castlemaine Mail newspaper and senior journalist on our sister paper the Midland Express. Over the last 24 years Lisa been proudly reporting news in the Mount Alexander and Macedon Ranges communities.