Hospital's $780m expansion plans unveiled; Armed robbery in San Remo; Council joins inclusive employer initiative

ANNOUNCEMENT: Hunter New England Health CEO Michael Di Renzo outiside the emergency department at John Hunter Hospital. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
ANNOUNCEMENT: Hunter New England Health CEO Michael Di Renzo outiside the emergency department at John Hunter Hospital. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

THE master plan for the $780-million expansion of John Hunter Hospital and John Hunter Children's Hospital has been unveiled. The expansion would provide additional capacity to meet the growing demand of the region, chief executive of Hunter New England Local Health District, Michael DiRienzo, said. The plan includes a new emergency department and improvements to critical care, increased interventional and imaging services, expanded inpatient units, and enhanced ambulatory care services.

Police seek assistance over armed robbery in San Remo

POLICE are appealing for public assistance after an armed robbery in San Remo on Saturday, August 3, in which two men entered a shop on Liamena Avenue and allegedly threatened a staffer with a firearm while demanding cash. One man has already been charged and is before the courts. Police are seeking another man who may be able to help them with their inquiries. That man is described as between 175-180cm tall, with a slim build, bushy eyebrows, and wearing a black hooded jumper, black trackpants, with a white scarf covering his face and a black Nike sports bag. Anyone with information is urged to contact Wyong Police Station on 4359 6099 or to call Crime Stoppers.

Council's pledge to employ more people with a disability

LAKE Macquarie City Council has become the first council in the region to join Castle Personnel's Inclusive 100 initiative which aims to increase employment and the social inclusion of people living with disability. In joining the inclusive 100, council has made the pledge to hire more people with disability. "We have some 11,500 people living with disability in Lake Macquarie, so it is fantastic that we can join with 60 other Hunter based organisations and help improve employment opportunities and inclusion for our residents," mayor Kay Fraser said. To follow council's example, or to find out more about the Inclusive 100 initiative, go to

Funding available in four suburbs

CENTRAL Coast Council is offering community groups and not-for profit organisations up to $30,000 in funding for community projects in the suburbs of Summerland Point, Gwandalan, Chain Valley Bay and Mannering Park. The funding is through a joint initiative between council and Delta Coal. Projects that deliver social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits to communities are encouraged to apply. Past projects to receive funding include Gwandalan Lions Club's Carols by the Lake, a boat ramp landing deck at Chain Valley Bay, bench seats on pathways and foreshore at Chain Valley Bay, roof covers over picnic tables and seats at Chain Valley Bay, a box trailer for Manno Men's Shed, and community fire education. Visit for details.

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