"The issue was raised with me at my first street meeting in Yagoona in June last year.
"It was also raised with Minister Joe Ludwig by Hilda and Charlie Garwood of Greenacre when we held a Public Meeting with him at Bankstown RSL on April 14 this year.
"Minister Ludwig has now written to me advising that Australian Hearing is currently in the process of opening a new permanent hearing centre in Bankstown," Mr Clare said.
"This is fantastic news. I'm glad that the Government is listening," said Mrs Garwood.
Mr Clare said that he was very pleased that this important decision had been made by the Rudd Government.
"This is a great win for our local community. It's another example of the difference a Labor Government makes," Mr Clare said.
"The Australian Hearing Centre in Bankstown was closed in 2003.
"The return of a permanent centre to Bankstown will help residents manage their hearing impairment locally without having to travel all the way to Liverpool," said Mr Clare.
The permanent centre will be located at the Bankstown Council Tower on Rickard Road and will provide a range of hearing services. It is expected to open in a couple of months.
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