New doubts over Super Clinic

THE election of a new federal government and of the Liberal member for Eden-Monaro Peter Hendy has raised serious questions over the future of the Jindabyne Super Clinic.

Only weeks after the first 'sod' was turned by outgoing MP Mike Kelly, there is uncertainty over funding for the $6.38 million project.

This is despite a signed funding agreement between the Snowy River Shire Council and the federal government.

Mr Hendy is this week meeting with federal health department officials to ascertain the state of play.

He told the Summit Sun that, as stated during the election campaign, where there are contracts in place for key projects they will be honoured.

However, concerned residents have pointed out that while the council and government have an agreement - which in the council's view is a 'contract' - the contract for construction of the project has not been signed. This might give the federal government an escape clause over the Super Clinic, which is a concept opposed by the Coalition.

Before the election local businessman Bruce Marshall said he had spoken to Mr Hendy who was, he said, prepared to seek a commitment to maintain the funding and reassess the community's health needs. This would lead to a better outcome, Mr Marshall said.

"In terms of the clinic I want to establish what the precise state of play is on this project with the relevant Cabinet Minister," Mr Hendy told the Summit Sun.

However, the council, which is seeking an urgent meeting with Mr Hendy, is proceeding on the basis that the project will go ahead.

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