TUESDAY’S Federal Budget looms as a last roll of the dice in the bid to save Hamilton’s National Centre for Farmer Health from certain closure.
The globally successful centre’s future has been in limbo since the State Government axed $1 million in yearly funding in its May 2012 Budget.
As work progresses on the centre’s two remaining health and wellbeing programs in drought-stricken Queensland, it was dealt another severe blow this week when the NCFH was again overlooked by the Napthine Government in its 2014-15 Budget.
Western Districts Health Service chief executive officer, Jim Fletcher described the latest snub as “dire and devastating”.
“The Commonwealth Budget next week is really our last glimmer of hope,” a candid Mr Fletcher said.
“In terms of a State Government commitment, we’ve made no progress.
“Next Tuesday is it, if there is no funding forthcoming from the Commonwealth Government that is the death-knell of the National Centre.”
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