Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin has today announced $10,000 in funding for the Ballina Hospital Auxiliary.

 Mr Franklin said the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government will invest $10,000 for the Hospital Auxiliary to deliver a new accident and emergency trolley for the Ballina District Hospital.

 “Our local hospital auxiliary members work tirelessly to raise funds in order to support our local hospital,” Mr Franklin said.

 “Last year the auxiliary members raised over $90,000 in needed funds and supported the community with more than 20,000 hours of labour. This is extraordinary work, for which we are all incredibly appreciative.

 “I am delighted that the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government can provide this extra funding to ensure our hospital has the best equipment possible.”

 Mr Franklin said the tireless hard work and advocacy by the auxiliary members is so important for both the hospital and the whole Ballina community.

 “Volunteers like Ballina Hospital Auxiliary President Barbara McFadden and all the members are the backbone of our community, and Ballina is lucky to have these local champions,” Mr Franklin said.

 “Thank you to Barbara and the whole auxiliary for committing their time and efforts for the people of Ballina.

“I am proud that the NSW Liberal & Nationals Government is backing our local volunteers, backing our local hospital and most importantly, backing Ballina.”