Melbourne's west is booming

The City of Melton is at the heart of this growth, projected to grow to nearly 500,000 residents in the next thirty years. 

As we grow, so do the demands on our services. 

A growing community needs a hospital as our nearest major hospitals are out of reach and out of space. 

Melton City Council, along with passionate residents, community groups and health professionals launched the Build Melton Hospital campaign on 16 August, 2018, 100 days out from the Victorian State Election on Saturday 24 November, 2018. We asked the State Government, Opposition and minor parties to commit to building a 24-hour, full-service hospital in the suburb of Cobblebank, 4km southeast of central Melton, south of the Western Freeway and close to Cobblebank train station on the Melton line. Thanks to the community’s support, we collected 21,370 signatures.

 

The hospital is in planning

In May 2019 the Victorian Government’s 2019/2020 State Budget allocated $2.4 million to plan a new Melton Hospital. This planning work will determine the location, size and range of services the hospital will offer. 

In November 2020, the Victorian Government allocated $75 million in the 2020/2021 Victorian State Budget to fund the first stage of a new Melton Hospital over three years which includes purchasing land and undertaking detailed planning and early works for a 24-hour hospital. 

In July 2021, Minister for Health Martin Foley MP announced the new Melton hospital would be located at 245-267 Ferris Road, Cobblebank. 

The Victorian Government’s business case into the Melton Hospital is being finalised and will guide detailed planning of the facility. The next steps will include completing the land acquisition, determining the model of care and allocating significant funds to construct the facility. 

Given the urgent need for hospital services in the outer west, Council continues to advocate to have the allocation of construction funds for the hospital included in the 2022/2023 Victorian State Budget will continue to seek a commitment for construction to commence in 2022 and for the hospital to be operational in 2026.

Full service 24-hour hospital
Supporting growing communities
Jobs and investment
Lifelong health care

The Need for a Hospital

The City of Melton is one of Victoria’s fastest-growing communities.

Every day, 21 people move into the City of Melton – that’s 7654 new residents a year.

Our nearest major hospitals are in Footscray and Sunshine. For too many people, they are out of reach. And too often, they are out of space.

A growing community needs a hospital.

Building a public hospital in the City of Melton will support our growing community, provide lifelong health care and create jobs, investment and opportunity.

IT'S TIME TO INVEST IN THE WEST
AND BUILD MELTON HOSPITAL.

The Proposal

Melton Hospital will support a growing community by providing lifelong health care, and by creating jobs, investment and opportunity.

It will reduce pressure on busy hospitals in Sunshine, Footscray and Bacchus Marsh.

Melton Hospital is a proposal for a 24-hour public hospital with a full range of services – things like an emergency department, cardiac and intensive care, acute surgical facilities and diagnostic services.

Melton Hospital will create hundreds of jobs during construction and hundreds more permanent jobs for nurses, doctors, allied health professionals, support and administrative staff.

This vision can only be realised if all sides of politics Invest in the West and Build Melton Hospital.

The Location

The future Melton Hospital is to be located at 245 – 267 Ferris Road in Cobblebank. It is close to the Western Freeway and Cobblebank train station.

About us

The Build Melton Hospital campaign is a community advocacy campaign run by Melton City Council.

For enquiries : 9747 7200


FAQs


  • Why does the City of Melton need a hospital?

    The City of Melton is one of Victoria’s fastest-growing communities. A growing community needs a hospital.

    The City of Melton’s nearest major hospitals are the Western Hospital in Footscray – more than 30km away – and Sunshine, where, according to Government data, patients in emergency wait up to two hours longer to see a doctor.

    Bacchus Marsh Hospital is a small regional hospital with fewer than 50 beds. It can manage only a fraction of our current population, let alone our future population of more than 400,000.

    Melton Hospital will provide better health care for residents of the City of Melton and surrounding communities, while reducing the pressure on hospitals in Sunshine, Footscray and Bacchus Marsh.

  • Where will the hospital be?

    The preferred location for the Melton Hospital is within the suburb of Cobblebank, 4km south-east of central Melton, south of the Western Freeway and close to the newly opened Cobblebank train station on the Melton line.

  • What services will the hospital provide?

    The City of Melton is asking the State Government, Opposition and minor parties to commit to building a 24-hour, full-service hospital. Typically, this type of hospital includes services such as an emergency department, cardiac and intensive care, acute surgical facilities and diagnostic services.

    In 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services sought input from the community to help identify the community needs and health services required for delivery. Read the report.

  • Who will get to use the hospital?

    An independent analysis of travel times and existing hospital services shows that the Melton Hospital will service the City of Melton and residents of a large area that stretches from Diggers Rest to Woodend, Sunbury to Macedon and Ballan to Deer Park.

  • Who will pay for the hospital and when will it open?

    The City of Melton is asking all sides of politics to Invest in the West and Build Melton Hospital, and commit to starting construction by 2022.

  • How can I get involved?

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