The Old Bega Hospital
Funding for the Roof! And more
On 8 February 2019 Andrew Constance, Member for Bega, announced that the NSW government has made a reservation of up to $3 million from the Regional Communities Development Fund for the restoration of the Old Bega Hospital as a regional cultural and community centre for Bega and the far south coast. Mr Constance says the funding commitment is subject to the Trust providing a full project delivery plan, and subsequent approvals. Mr Constance said, 'We’re not messing around with a roof. We’re getting on with the job and just rebuilding the Old Bega Hospital. The funding is not conditional and does not have a timeframe and will roll over if there is a change of government.'
A huge thank you to everyone who got us over the line - the Trust, the Friends, the media, and mostly the community. It has been a great effort over many years. Special thanks to everyone who wrote a supporting letter or postcard.
Things to do:
- Read about the history of work and events that led up to this decision. It is the result of years of work by small teams of volunteers, strongly supported by the wider community and with professional inputs from architects and engineers.
- Join the Friends of the Old Bega Hospital. Only $10 for the year. The more support, the more Friends, the better things go.
- See the latest plans. See the business case.
- Subscribe to the newsletter.
- Write to Andrew Constance to thank him for finding the (taxpayers') money: firstname.lastname@example.org or 122 Carp Street, Bega, 2550 or phone 6492 2056.
Rooms and spaces available for hire or lease
Short or long term, commercial or community, indoor and outdoor. Reasonable rates. Flexible spaces. Contact the Reserve Trust for more information and bookings.
This website is in three main parts:
- The Old Bega Hospital and its history
- The Old Bega Hospital (R.180050) Reserve Land Manager which has legal responsibility to manage the site, including hiring and leasing
- The Friends of the Old Bega Hospital, which is how you can get involved.
The Old Bega Hospital is a collection of historic heritage listed buildings on the outskirts of Bega, on the far south coast of New South Wales. It served the community of the Bega Valley as a hospital from 1889 until 1956.
Construction began in 1888. From 1957 to the mid 1980s the Old Hospital buildings and site served for a time as a hostel for school students and then as an experimental farm before gradually falling into disrepair.
The buildings were extensively restored for the Old Hospital's centenary in 1988 by a major community effort assisted by government funds. The Hospital and grounds were then used for a great range of community purposes, including art spaces, cafe, community markets and a radio station.
The main building was extensively damaged by a fire on the night of 2 May 2004 and lost most of its roof. The Hospital was not insured. The damage has been cleaned up and the building made more or less secure, but the roof is still missing and the interior is open to the weather. Several outbuildings were not damaged, are still used and are available for rent or hire.
The Old Bega Hospital has no medical facilities.
For hospital services go to the South East Regional Hospital
The Old Bega Hospital is owned by Crown Lands, part of the NSW government, and since 1990 has been managed by a Reserve Trust (since 1 July 2018 reconstituted as a Reserve Land Manager) established under the Crown Lands Act. In September 2014 the Reserve Trust adopted a strategic plan (2.5MB pdf file) which set out its vision for the future of the site and was the basis of an application for funding from the NSW government. In February 2015 the NSW government offered a grant of $500,000 towards replacing the roof of the main building, conditional on a further $1.74m being found to complete the restoration project. Following that offer, the Friends of the Old Bega Hospital and the Reserve Trust have met with many parties to work out what is required to find the additional money to make the restoration a reality. In May 2015 the Trust adopted a draft management plan (800kB pdf), and a draft proposal for a regional community and cultural centre (700kB pdf) to be accommodated on the site once the main building has been restored.
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