Moorabool Shire Council Mayor Tom Sullivan has written to Health Minister Martin Foley seeking assurance that there will be no local job losses should the merger between Western Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services go ahead.

In a joint statement, Western Health and DjHS have supported a voluntary merger. It is understood Health Minister Martin Foley will make the final decision.

“Firstly, it is terrific news that both services see a future for the hospital in Bacchus Marsh and Grant Lodge residential aged care,” Cr Sullivan said.

“Unfortunately, Bacchus Marsh already feels under threat from recent government actions including a decision to build high voltage transmission lines through our picturesque landscape and plans to truck West Gate Tunnel Project spoil to the outskirts of the town. Any job losses from this proposed merger will cause further community angst, damage local confidence and inhibit economic prosperity.”

“If Mr Foley cannot give an assurance on local jobs, then unfortunately the government has a big task ahead of it to convince local residents that the government hasn’t taken advantage of there being no local board to challenge the merger and to fight for local jobs,” he said.

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Author: Dev