Victoria's rural property life receives health boost
Rural life poses a number of benefits such as freedom, less crime and access to green space, however, it is not without its obstacles.
People living on rural property cite challenges such as isolation, lack of proximity to vital services and inadequate employment opportunities.
With this in mind, Victorians looking for residential property in the state's north-west may be interested in Charlton real estate, after a major hospital development was granted the green light in the region - providing local residents access to critical healthcare services as a result.
Announcing the project's approval yesterday (March 20), planning minister Matthew Guy said the new facility will replace the hospital destroyed in the January 2011 floods.
"This new hospital will deliver an expanded range of health services to more than 1,400 locals and is an important support close to home for Charlton's elderly residents and their families, rather than having to travel considerable distances to alternative facilities," the minister explained.
The building will include 15 beds, external courtyard areas for aged care patients and those undergoing physio and rehabilitation, facilities for urgent and primary care, an ambulance station, helipad, medical care and support services.
The hospital is due for completion by the end of next year.