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.