NSW Premier Mike Baird’s visit to the northern rivers today will include the official opening of the $80 million redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital this morning.
Mr Baird will be joined by federal health minister Sussan Ley, as well as state health minister Jillian Skinner and federal Page MP Kevin Hogan and Lismore MP Thomas George.
The third-stage redevelopment work on the hospital began in 2009 and includes new emergency and renal units.
It will also later include a helipad, maternity suite and paediatric unit in a three-year $260-million stage.
The premier’s visit to the northern rivers today will also see him oversee the installation of the controversial first shark net at a Ballina beach tomorrow.
But Ballina’s Greens MP Tamara Smith has accused Mr Baird of acting with undue haste in an effort to gain ‘glory for the nets’.