Hospital fix tops issues list

FIX Lismore Base Hospital, improve our schools, sort out the economy and climate change, fix our roads, bring back our trains, make sure our companies and workers are getting along well, hurry up with the broadband network and find us somewhere nice to stay when we get old.

Do those things, in that order, and it’s a reasonable bet you’ll pick up a few votes in the Federal seat of Page.

Those were the issues listed by 400 Page electorate voters during The Northern Star survey between last Saturday and Tuesday.

Each has already been raised as an issue through the campaign, but not always in ways that make us happy.

Health and roads have done okayish, thanks to Labor’s announcement of a GP Super Clinic for Lismore, customised to greatly expand the ailments local GPs across the Northern Rivers can treat people for; and the National party’s announcement of a $10 million plan to upgrade the Lismore-Bangalow Road, including a few more precious passing lanes.

Aged care got a nod a couple of weeks ago when Page MP Janelle Saffin and Richmond MP Justine Elliot did a tour of St Joseph’s Nursing Home in Lismore, largely to pitch the Government’s No Real Interest Loans for aged care providers.

Super-fast broadband, we’ve been told, will start rolling out under a Labor government within the next year, or super less-fast broadband will be delivered by a Coalitiongovernment by 2016.


It turns out that, like Liberal Leader Tony Abbott, we’re not a region of tech-heads. Broadband only barely made the Page list and fell off Richmond’s top 10 altogether.

Compare that to three years ago and … well, we weren’t that fussed about it then either. It’s not like we’d use it to download free movies – that’d be illegal.

What we did get excited about in Page back in 2007 was health. Three years, a cancer unit and a PET scanner announcement later and it’s still our biggest issue.

You want votes? Six simple words: Lismore Base Hospital. Redevelopment. Stage Three.

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