With the stunning turn out to the rally on Saturday, Griffith responded with resounding strength in support of ‘Save the Griffith Base Hospital’.
Jenna Woodland, Save Griffith Base Hospital committee organiser was “heartened” by the turn out.
“We were really heartened by the number of people who attended today, and hundreds of others who couldn't be there but showed support by signing early petitions,” she said.
“It was incredibly important for the community to hear the facts from those who are directly involved.”
Griffith Mayor John Dal Broi joined the committee in demanding the redevelopment of the base hospital.
"We as community leaders need to make sure that now we've got the movement going that we continue the momentum to make sure governments, both State and Federal, acknowledge the concerns of the Griffith community to grow and improve our base hospital," Cr Dal Broi said.
We are delighted that Mayor John Dal Broi and the Honorable member for Murray Adrian Piccoli have now gone on the record in saying they are 100 per cent behind the redevelopment of a new hospital.Jenna Woodland, Save Griffith Base Hospital committee organiser.
“We are delighted that Mayor John Dal Broi and the Honorable member for Murray Adrian Piccoli have now gone on the record in saying they are 100 per cent behind the redevelopment of a new hospital,” Ms Woodland said.
“We are also incredibly proud of out two local doctors who had the courage to speak out about the dire issues plaguing our Base hospital.
“We thank the community for taking time to support us in our fight for a new hospital. We must remain vigilant in the days and weeks to come.”
Chair of the Local Health Advisory Committee Margaret King was more than relieved at having their side of the story told, after struggling with frustration at hospital staff not being able to speak out during the saga of moving the pathology service.
"I was really impressed with the rally and the turnout,” she said.
“The quality of speakers and the information that they provided to the people here was excellent, and a real eye opener, and to get that first hand account and information was critical for all of us that are supporting his cause for a new hospital.”
Griffith resident Sue Bryant was especially moved by resident’s stories detailing their experiences with the hospital system.
"It was really great to see so many people here, and to listen to the stories. As we are an isolated town, we need more services, not less," she said.
The community is now urged to come to the Griffith Exies Club on Thursday August 17 at 8.45am with placards in a “peaceful protest” to show the Premier how serious Griffith is in it’s demands for the redevelopment of their base hospital.