TWO south-west councils have added a combined $500,000 in cash commitment to the Peter’s Project cancer care centre appeal in less than two days.
Warrnambool City Council on Monday night announced a $300,000 injection and Moyne Shire last night added $100,000 towards the $5 million target for local fund-raising.
The city council could also contribute up to another $100,000 in parking works for the proposed regional medical centre.
Other councils across south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia have also been asked to dig deep.
The city council’s donation, to be paid at $100,000 a year, comes on top of its earlier $600,000 over six years for the base hospital redevelopment project.
Timing of the donations will depend on when the proposed regional integrated cancer centre is built and will be factored into future council budgets.
So far the federal government has promised $10 mill-ion and the state government $15m towards equipping and building the facility.
The $5m community fund-raising target had already passed the halfway mark earlier this month and the councils’ commitment means $3m has been topped.
Appeal founder Vicki Jellie told The Standard the local government donations were encouraging.
“We’ve also been to Corangamite, Glenelg, Southern Grampians shires, as well as Mount Gambier City, presenting our case,” she said yesterday.
“They’ve all indicated support and it would be great if all would follow the lead of Warrnambool and Moyne.”
Warrnambool mayor Michael Neoh said Warrnambool was “first cab off the rank” in south-west councils contributing towards the project.
“We’ll be extending our support, which is already $600,000 over six years,” he said.
Cr Peter Hulin, who helped initiate the council donation, said ratepayers expected councils to use the money in their interest.
“Although this is a considerable amount of money it was well warranted,” he said.
Cr Jacinta Ermacora said unfortunately the Health Department did not have to comply with planning requirements on parking provisions around hospitals and council involvement was necessary.
Moyne Shire unanimously supported a motion last night pledging $100,000 and will consider matching it again next year.
‘’I’d be amazed if there was an adult in the western region who hasn’t heard of Peter’s Project,” Cr Mick Wolfe told the chamber.
‘‘The fact is that people sitting at this table will need it at some stage.”