The construction of the $170million Albany Health Campus has provided a boost for local employment with more than 50 people finding jobs on the project.
Premier Colin Barnett today inspected progress on the campus, which is due for completion early in 2013, and met some of the Albany people working on the project.
“Currently 66 per cent of the full time employees on the site are local Albany people and at one stage it was as high as 80 per cent,” Mr Barnett said.
“I am delighted to see how well work is coming along and that the project has provided jobs for local people.
“The campus is the biggest country public hospital project to be undertaken in Western Australia and, when completed, will benefit more than 55,000 residents and visitors to the Great Southern.
“Concrete was first poured on May 26 and suspended slab concrete pours for the maternity and surgical service areas have since taken place.
“The extended range of services from the new campus will include a bigger emergency department, an increase in the medical and surgical options, maternity improvements, more mental health beds and upgraded cancer services.
“Patients will have improved care offered by modern facilities and staff will have a better working environment.
“When completed, the new hospital will support services from smaller hospitals in the region.”
Construction on the project started early this year and the new campus is funded by $105.1million from the State Government; $60.9million from Royalties for Regions; and $4.4million from the Federal Government.
The new campus is being built by John Holland Pty Ltd.
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