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December 5» 1974

N O T E

Three separate Health Department press statements have been

lodged relating to Australian Government grants under the five

year hospital development program. They cover New South Wales,

South Australia and Western Australia.

The story has been dealt with in three releases for the

convenience of individual state representatives in the gallery.

For agencies interested in the overall story the position is

as follows.—

The Australian Government today announced grants totalling

$16,392,000 for hospital development programs in three states --New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

The grants are $8,830,000 for New South Wales, $3,236,000 for

South Australia and $4,326,000 for Western Australia.

The money is being made available under the Government's

five year hospital development program which was announced in

the September budget,

The five year program is for capital assistance for the

provision, expansion and modernisation of public hospitals and other

health institutional facilities in the States. ·

The amount provided for 1974/75 for the whole of Australia

is $28 million.

The Minister for Health, Dr D.N. Everingham, who announced

the grants today, said he hoped to make similar announcements

relating to Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania soon.

(Individual state details of the three grants announced today

can be found in the separate releases)