TWO hospitals will each receive $100,000, as a trust set up in the aftermath of the Longford Gas Plants explosion and fire disperses money.
The Wilson Lowery Trust was established by Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, Electrical Trades Union, Australian Services Union and the Australian Workers’ Union members following the disaster 20 years ago.
Named in honour of Peter Wilson and John Lowery, who were killed in the catastrophic industrial accident, the trust is made up of donations from union members and the money distributed by site union member trustees.
CGH has received $100,000 to upgrade its emergency department monitoring system at the Sale Hospital, and the Alfred Hospital burns unit has also received $100,000 in recognition of its role in the research and treatment of serious burns.
Wilson Lowery Trust spokesperson Henry Grosveld said it was hoped the upgrade in technology would allow for Sale Hospital’s emergency department to implement the latest monitoring technology available.
“Donations from union members to the trust were made to honour the memory of those killed and injured in the explosion,” Mr Grosveld said.
“It’s our way of paying tribute to the emergency services which played a vital role as the first responders on that day.”