The Old Bega Hospital Regional Community Cultural Centre

Funding

On 15 February 2022 the federal government announced grant funding from the Black Summer Bushfires Recovery program. The Old Bega Hospital Regional Community Cultural Centre got a grant of $1.5m. Added to the $3.5m funding we have already secured that will cover the full estimated cost of reconstruction of the main building, and finally get the community centre right back up on its feet. The project had been split into 3 stages because of the shortfall in funding, and an advertisement seeking tenders for the first stage was just about to be published. That will be put on hold while we finalise funding arrangements and put the three stages back together again. Then we can call for tenders, get a builder and start work. More delays, but a much better result. Thanks to everyone, and there have been many, many people involved over many years, who has helped to get things to this point.

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Autumn raffle

The Friends of the Old Bega Hospital will continue to raise funds for the community fitout of the completed building. The Autumn raffle is under way. You can help! First prize: $500 Mitre 10 gift voucher. Tickets $2. More info (poster, 100kB) or contact us.

Friends of Old Bega Building Blocks

Collect and make the Old Bega Hospital 'Building Blocks of Memories', based on photos from the ruins of the OBH in 2022.   Details!     Poster     Block#1

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 Land Manager for more information and bookings.

This website is in three main parts:

  1. The Old Bega Hospital and its history
  2. The Old Bega Hospital (R.180050) Reserve Land Manager which has legal responsibility to manage the site, including hiring and leasing
  3. 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 rent or hire.

The Old Bega Hospital has no medical facilities.

For hospital services go to the South East Regional Hospital, phone 02 6491 9999

The Old Bega Hospital is owned by Crown Lands, part of the NSW government, and since 1990 has been managed by a Reserve Land Manager (formerly a Reserve Trust) established under the Crown Lands Management Act. In September 2014 the then 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 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.

Friends of the Old Bega Hospital was incorporated in 2013 to assist the Reserve Land Manager to restore the Hospital's heritage and community values. Membership is open to all.

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The Old Bega Hospital Reserve Land Manager acknowledges the Yuin people, the traditional Aboriginal custodians upon whose ancestral lands the Od Bega hospital stands. The Old Bega Hospital Reserve Land Manager recognises their continuing culture and connection to land, water and community and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging.