Shoalhaven News

Labor pledges to match hospital funding, pledges new jobs for the South Coast

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Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was in Nowra on Tuesday night and hosted an open community forum at the Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre.

Mr Shorten used the occasion to announce a Labor Government would create an additional 50 jobs in Human Services on the South Coast.

"This means that if you're an aged pensioner, or on a war widows pension, or...if you've got a question about NDIS payments for your disabled child, we'll make sure that there's full-time jobs here in the region," Mr Shorten said.

Mr Shorten was also questioned about Federal funding for the Princes Highway upgrade.

He stopped short of committing to any funding, but highlighted the need for action, especially in the southern part of our region.

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Meantime New South Wales Opposition Leader Michael Daley gave a promise to match the Berejiklian Governments $430 Million commitment to revamp Shoalhaven Hospital.

He took a swipe at the State Government over its controversial decision to redevelop Allianz Stadium at a cost of $730 Million.

"When we say schools and hospital before stadiums, we mean it," Mr Daley said.

"No use building a hospital and leaving wards closed and rooms empty because you don't have the staff to fill it, we'll address nurse to patient ratios in the regions," he said.

Story and photos by Andrew Page