Barossa Area Health Care Trust will help new Barossa hospital

Barossa Area Health Care Trustees, Barry Swan and Peter Hage with former Tanunda Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary members, Joan Schulz and Heather Swan.

The Barossa Area Health Care Trust was established in September 2003 for the purpose of providing funds, property or benefits for the provision of health care for the Barossa Valley and its surrounding districts reports Mr Barry Swan.

The Trust activities are overseen by Trustees, Mr Peter Hage, Dr Bill Holmes, Mr Barry Swan and Mr James Wark.

In 2012 The Trust received a substantial donation from a deceased estate, specifically for the purpose of being applied to a new Barossa hospital or health care facility.

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Since that time, the Trustees have been waiting patiently for some announcement on a new local hospital to replace the aging facilities at Tanunda and Angaston.

The State Liberal Government is currently undertaking a detailed “Business Case Study” on the need for and cost of a new hospital in the area.

Trustees are hopeful the results of this study will be released in the next twelve months confirming the obvious needs of our region and at some future time the Trust will be able to apply its funds to a new Hospital or Health Care facility.

The Barossa Area Health Care Trust is a Registered Charity and as such would be appreciative of receiving tax deductible donations which at the appropriate time will be applied to new health care services for the Barossa Valley and surrounding

The Trustees were most appreciative to receive a donation of $30,016 from the Tanunda Hospital Ladies’ Auxiliary during the 2018/19 financial year.

The Ladies’ Auxiliary was formed in 1954 and after 64 years of dedicated fund raising, ceased activities in 2018 due to the loss of local input into local area health management and to the difficulty in securing new committee members.

This dedicated band of local ladies conducted regular raffles, fashion parades and other fund raisers over many years, raising tens of thousands of dollars which were used for hospital improvements and furnishings and to purchase vital equipment.

Their donation to the Trust ensures that the balance of their funds will in due course, be used to improving health facilities in the region.

The Trustees of the Barossa Area Health Care Trust have met on a regular basis in recent years with Mr Stephan Knoll, MP Member for Schubert, to ensure they are abreast of developments regarding any new Regional health facility.