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Progress on Gunnedah Hospital welcomed

February 28, 2023

Gunnedah Shire Council has welcomed the NSW Government announcement a contractor has been appointed for construction of the Gunnedah Hospital redevelopment.

Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey said the community had waited patiently for news of concrete progress on the $53 million project which was critical for the region.

“I congratulate Richard Crookes Construction who have been appointed to work alongside the project team to progress the detailed design,” Cr Chaffey said.

“This is good news.

“But it has taken almost four years to get to this point, and we are proud of our community for making their voices heard to ensure this new hospital includes the services we were promised, and the hospital beds and services we so badly need.

“We are calling on the NSW Government to ensure this hospital is delivered in a timely manner, and is delivered to the highest standard.

“Hunter New England Health senior management made an early commitment to create a workforce plan in tandem with the design and construction of the hospital. I can’t overstate how important it is to have the appropriately trained staff ready and waiting when the doors open. Our hospital needs to provide the standard of care our community deserves.”

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson announced yesterday that once final designs had been developed, the project team would seek feedback at consultation sessions in Gunnedah.

“I encourage our community members to continue to have their say on the development of our hospital,” Cr Chaffey said.

More information about the Gunnedah Hospital Redevelopment is available at


For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Communications team on (02) 6740 2100 or