SECURING a $10 million commitment for Warrnambool’s proposed integrated cancer treatment centre is top priority for Wannon MP Dan Tehan when he returns to Canberra next month.
“It’s the big one on my list,” Mr Tehan told The Standard yesterday as he contemplated the Abbott government’s first parliamentary sitting.
“Our aim is to turn the first sod by mid next year, so we’ve got to make sure everyone is on the same page.”
The pre-election commitment proved a winning promise for the Liberal MP, who comfortably secured his second term in the seat.
“There is absolutely no going backwards on this,” he said yesterday.
“I want to make it happen as soon as possible.
“Exactly how the money will be allocated is yet to be determined.
“Potentially it could be over forward estimates.
“The state government will be in charge of running the project.”
It follows a $15 million Victorian government allocation to deliver radiotherapy services for the region as part of a proposed new medical facility in Warrnambool.
The federal money would expand the facility’s cancer treatment capabilities.
A $5 million target has been set for local community fund-raising, with donations so far reaching $2.5 million.
Mr Tehan said he would also use the resumption of Parliament on November 12 to secure funding allocation for a proposed expansion of Warrnambool airport, upgrade of the Condah-Hotspur Road and continued duplication of the Princes Highway to Colac.