Health centre fund ‘stunt'

JIM Agnew has labelled the O'Farrell Government's announcement of $1.2 million toward the construction of a Yamba community health centre a political stunt.

After fighting tooth and nail for eight years to get a health centre in Yamba, Mr Agnew said the Government only announced the funding to win votes at the upcoming Clarence by-election.

Country Labor candidate for the Clarence by-election Peter Ellem described the announcement as bungled, saying they should get "fair dinkum about this important project".

"There wasn't one single cent allocated for this multi-million-dollar project in the budget which was released only one month ago," Mr Ellem said.

Mr Ellem said the government needed to show budgeted funding for the health centre to ensure it is delivered for local residents.

NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals' Leader Andrew Stoner told the Daily Examiner the government was only playing by Federal Government rules.

"We are only playing by the rules brought in by the Federal Government's National Health Reforms ... it works on an 80/20 funding ratio," he said. "We are the first ones out saying 'here's some money on the table'."

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