- Doric Constructions Pty Ltd (Doric) announced as preferred builder
- Campus to open in 2014
- Ringtail possum management plan to be implemented
Construction has started on the Busselton Health Campus with Doric Constructions named as the preferred building contractor.
Health Minister Kim Hames turned the first sod today to mark the start of building work at a ceremony held on the site.
“The way is now clear for preliminary works to be completed which will include site fencing and tree clearing,” Dr Hames said.
“Approvals from the Federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities have been granted and appeals against a State vegetation clearing permit dismissed.
“A key part of the early works is the relocation of about 20 western ringtail possums to a 420-hectare secure enclosure in the Perup Sanctuary near Manjimup.
“Good environmental planning has also reduced the number of peppermint trees that will be removed. We will plant up to 500 new trees as originally proposed. Part of the Tuart National Park will also be rehabilitated to improve the possum habitat while allowing the new health campus to be developed.
“The new campus will include a total of 64 overnight and 20 same-day beds including a renal unit, two theatres, a procedure room and an expanded emergency department.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the redevelopment would see all clinical services in Busselton centralised to one site.
“Once complete, the Busselton Health Campus will be one of the South-West’s major sub-regional health centres with both a new community health centre and a new community mental health centre,” Mr Grylls said.
The Busselton Health Campus is funded by the Western Australian Government, the Royalties for Regions program and the Federal Government.
- Funding breakdown: Department of Health $77.4million, Royalties for Regions $40.5million and Federal funding $2.55million
- The State Government’s Royalties for Regions program is administered by the Department of Regional Development and Lands
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