Family in plea to save Bulli Hospital

Cindy and Jeremy Wallis with their two-and-a-half-year-old son, Brae, outside the entrance to Bulli Hospital. They want the emergency ward to remain open to service the northern suburbs of Wollongong. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
Cindy and Jeremy Wallis with their two-and-a-half-year-old son, Brae, outside the entrance to Bulli Hospital. They want the emergency ward to remain open to service the northern suburbs of Wollongong. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Jeremy Wallis might not have lived in Bulli long enough to be considered a local, but two years out of the rat race is long enough for him to appreciate what his new community has to offer - and risks losing.

The former western Sydney resident has written to state MPs with his "deep concerns that local shops are going under" and about the state of Bulli Hospital.

"When I first got here I used the local shops and could not believe how friendly they all were and how they made you feel a part of the community straight away, something I have not felt since I was a child growing up in the '70s and '80s," Mr Wallis said.

"I would love to see the shops do well and thrive and see government money put forward to help revamp the area and make it more lucrative and accessible to what it is now."

Mr Wallis said an accident a couple of months ago had drawn his attention to what his community stood to lose.

"I was cut very badly in the shins by a grinder and knew I was in bad shape but didn't panic because I knew the hospital was just down the road for me," he said.

"I parked in the car park and hobbled my way down to the emergency ward and saw a very small sign saying 'The emergency ward is closed for the weekend, please make your way to Wollongong Hospital'.

"I would hate to see the Bulli hospital go to waste; the local area and supporting areas need a place like this," Mr Wallis said.

Keira MP Ryan Park wrote to Mr Wallis saying he shared his concerns for Bulli and was raising the matter in NSW Parliament this week.

"Our community has a growing demographic and families need to be confident they have a local hospital they can get to quickly ..." he said.

He collected 10,000 signatures on a petition, to be debated in Parliament on Thursday, calling for upgrades to be carried out to the hospital immediately.