Families supported at Ronald McDonald House Westmead

Media Release

JM019/2018

14 February 2018

Joint release with:

Marise Payne

Senator for Western Sydney
Minister for Defence

Barbara Ryan

CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charites

Belinda Woolford

Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities Greater Western Sydney

  • Construction complete on Ronald McDonald House Westmead
  • House provides accommodation for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • New house will provide much-needed relief for regional NSW and interstate families

Regional families with sick children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead will be provided with accommodation and invaluable support at the new Ronald McDonald House at Westmead.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh, said the Coalition Government was proud to partner with the New South Wales Government,

Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia and Ronald McDonald House Westmead.

“Ronald McDonald House is a second home to many families from rural and regional Australia who are forced to travel long distances for medical treatment,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The new accommodation facility at Westmead will provide a safe and comforting environment for families when they need it the most.  The Government is proud to back such a worthwhile initiative.”

“We are grateful to the Federal Government for their involvement in this milestone for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Their significant financial support has not only assisted in making this new

facility possible, it also reinforces the essential need for Ronald McDonald Houses in our community to meet the needs of seriously ill and injured children and their families,” Barbara Ryan said.

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne said the House will provide a vital community service to people of NSW.

“It can accommodate up to 371 people a night and support 1,360 families each year, enabling them to stay close to children being treated at the Children’s Hospital,” Senator Payne said.

“Ronald McDonald House Westmead can give families a bit of a break with three indoor and two outdoor games and activity areas as well as a gym.”

“We’re thrilled to be able to accommodate and support more families than ever before, with 1,360 families expected to walk through our doors in the year ahead,” Ms Woolford said.

“The realisation of this new House has only been made possible due to the dedication from our board, staff and volunteers and amazing ongoing support from the government, corporates and community.”

The $34.5 million project was jointly funded by the Australian Government, the New South Wales Government, Ronald McDonald House Charities and McDonald’s Australia, corporate and community support, Ronald McDonald House Charities 2016 NSW Ball and pro bono trade contractors, product, suppliers and consultants.

The project created 1,350 jobs during construction and will provide another 25 ongoing roles.