Member for Dubbo Dawn Fardell has secured a commitment for funds to go towards accommodation for pregnant mothers coming from towns such as Binnaway, Mendooran, Nyngan and Cobar.Independent Dubbo MP Dawn Fardell has received a “commitment of $100,000” towards the establishment of a home-away-from-home in Dubbo for western region women forced to wait in the city to deliver their babies.
The MP is running with the proposal of Cobar mayor Lilliane Brady, who last month used an Orana Regional Organisation of Councils (OROC) meeting to lobby Greater Western Area Health Service chief executive Danny O’Connor on the issue.
Yesterday, when approached by the Daily Liberal, Ms Fardell confirmed calling Cr Brady after reading about her quest for a “maternity hostel” in Dubbo.
Subsequently, she has made a series of phone calls that will culminate in a meeting next week where the mooted facility will be discussed.
In the process of getting the required movers and shakers together, Ms Fardell said she
had been looked in the eye and given a “commitment of $100,000” to the project that was in its “early days”.
The MP is also pursuing the possibility of obtaining $50,000 from another source, for a home rather than a hostel.
She thinks an “existing house near shops” would be ideal for women waiting to give birth at Dubbo Base Hospital.
“Dubbo needs such a facility,” the MP said, for the sake of expectant mothers in places like “Binnaway, Mendooran, Nyngan and Cobar”.
“The cost of travelling to Dubbo is enough,” Ms Fardell said.
“They need to have somewhere that they can stay.
“Staying in motels is expensive and not everyone has family in Dubbo.”
Cr Brady told OROC much the same at its June get-together.
“Babies come when they’re ready and if you are paying $100 a night for a motel and you’re waiting for up to two weeks, it’s a bit expensive,” she said.
Cr Brady said the establishment of a maternity hostel in Dubbo had been raised years ago by the Greater Western’s predecessor Macquarie Health.
The closure of maternity units in small hospitals in Western NSW has turned Dubbo’s public hospital into a birthing hub.
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