MEMBER for Lismore, Thomas George, has today hit back at Labor's candidate for the state election and Deputy Mayor of Lismore, Isaac Smith, who continues to refer publicly to the $180 million commitment to complete the rebuild of Lismore Base Hospital as "funny money".

"The people of Lismore have been campaigning for the world class hospital they deserve for decades," said Mr George

"Isaac Smith's allegation that this commitment is somehow "funny" is an insult to the people who have petitioned for this so hard for such a long time. For the 16 years they held Government, Isaac Smith's Labor Party let the Lismore Base Hospital fall down around the hardworking doctors and nurses and fail to fit the growing community.

"The people of Lismore have my word that, if re-elected, the Liberals and Nationals in Government will ensure that the completion of the hospital upgrade and redevelopment will provide a hospital for not only Lismore's future but the whole Northern Rivers region.

"The new development will also create 1,200 local jobs.

"The funds for the redevelopment are not contingent on the lease of "poles and wires". The project is fully funded under the Baird/Grant Government's NSW Health budget.

"Now that the Nationals in Government have made a commitment to complete the hospital, the Deputy Mayor would be best placed to say nothing but 'thank you'" to the members of the community who have campaigned by my side for this upgrade" Mr George said.

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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