Actor Frankie J Holden will chair a meeting in Kempsey.
Actor Frankie J Holden will chair a meeting in Kempsey.

Frankie to help save hospital

AN old rocker and award-winning actor has become the unlikely face of the campaign to save the Bellingen Hospital.

Frankie J Holden, famous for his band Ol’ 55 and roles in TV series such as Underbelly, Prisoner and Police Rescue will chair a meeting in Kempsey on Sunday where representatives from country communities will air their concerns about State and Federal funding of small rural hospitals.

The entertainer lives on the State’s South Coast and is involved in the fight to save the Pambula Hospital which, like the Bellinger River District Hospital, is under threat of having its service capabilities downgraded

“While my interest in this issue has begun where I live, but as I got more involved, I realised the extent of the problem,” Mr Holden said

“Rural communities across the State are being decimated through the callous, calculated and thoughtless actions of politicians and bureaucrats. It’s time we stood up for ourselves. It’s time our voices were heard. It’s time we drew a line in the sand.

“I urge every voter to come to this rally and let your voice be heard,” Mr Holden said.

The meeting which is being held at the Kempsey RSL Club is being hosted by the Kempsey Shire Council.

“People are invited to come along and voice their concerns about the situation with NSW health services and facilities, which is becoming more critical every day,” Kempsey mayor Councillor John Bowel said.

“We hope to have a broad cross-section of people from lots of different communities of the North Coast in attendance as this will give weight to our concerns about the security of and access to local health and hospital services in our region.”

The meeting gets under way at 2pm and the Bellingen Health Action Group has organised a small bus to take people to Kempsey.

To book your seat on the bus call 66559199 by no later than tomorrow afternoon.

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