Labor commits to match hospital build
NSW Labor has promised to match the $470 million the Liberal government has already committed to the new Maitland hospital, should it be elected to government in March.
Opposition Leader Michael Daley made the announcement at the campaign launch of incumbent Jenny Aitchison at East Maitland Bowling Club on Monday night.
“I am here to set in stone Labor’s commitment to get that hospital built,” he said.
“We will match the funding, we will match the timeline [and] we will ensure that it remains a public hospital.”
Mr Daley was tight-lipped about any other promises, saying that the evening was purely about launching the campaign.
He did indicate, however, that the city’s road network was on the Opposition’s radar.
“We’ll have more to say about that in coming weeks,” he said.
Ms Aitchison also said that roads would be a focus for her during the campaign, specifically noting Testers Hollow and the Church Street roundabout.
“I know the Government has already got some that are very close to announcement, so I’ll be watching very closely to see where they go,” she said.
“It’s silly for us to make a commitment when we don’t know where it’s up to in the Government.”
Ms Aitchison is currently the only announced candidate in Maitland. Outgoing Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald has been approached to be the Liberal Party’s candidate.