The Old Bega Hospital
Funding and Planning
The main building of the Old Hospital caught fire in 2004 and has been derelict ever since - see photo further down this page. We are working on plans to rebuild it.
On 21 February 2015 Andrew Constance, Member for Bega and NSW Treasurer, on behalf of the NSW Deputy Premier, Troy Grant, offered $500,000 from the NSW Government towards putting a roof back on the main building of the historic Old Bega Hospital, which was extensively damaged by fire in 2004. The offer is conditional on funds being found to complete the restoration project, with an estimated value of $2.24m. See the story in the Bega District News. The idea is to set up the Old Hospital as a Regional community and cultural centre.
In December 2016 we got a $100,000 Heritage Activation Grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage's Heritage Near Me program, to do preparatory and planning work for the proposed renovation. That will help enormously with meeting the criterion of 'shovel ready' that applies to many sources of funding. The Reserve Trust advertised for expressions of interest from architects in July and contracted Sibling Architecture from Melbourne as architect in August 2017. Planning is now well under way.
As part of planning the rebuild we are looking for community organisations that could be interested in leasing part of the building and willing to help with the planning process - so that the plans will reflect real users needs, and business plans will have employment and financial numbers based on real activities. If plans come to fruition, the building will be ready to lease in 2019. Contact the Reserve Trust for more information.
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 Reserve Trust which manages 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 hire.
The Old Bega Hospital is no longer a working hospital and has no hospital facilities.
For medical 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 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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