- WA-based Perkins Builders awarded tender for forward works, to start early 2016
- New state-of-the-art health service to be built in Manjimup
Manjimup and surrounding areas will soon see the start of forward works to build the new Warren Health Service, with Western Australian company Perkins Builders announced as the successful tenderer.
The construction of the new hospital in Manjimup is part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative's $300 million capital works program to improve hospital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West.
Health Minister Kim Hames said forward works were a significant first step to prepare the site for construction and would include land clearing, demolition of old buildings, erection of site fencing and redirection of underground services.
"Once the preliminary works are complete, construction can begin on the building itself from mid-2016 onwards," Dr Hames said.
Dr Hames said the new Warren Health Service would replace the existing Warren Hospital which dates back to 1935.
"The new health service will include improved emergency facilities, an inpatient ward, surgical services, an operating theatre, medical imaging, pathology, primary health care and support services," he said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said investment into new and refurbished health facilities would provide contemporary health amenities to better service the Warren community now and into the future.
"Royalties for Regions is bringing modern and best practice health care services to regional WA through strategic investments such as the Southern Inland Health Initiative," Mr Redman said.
"The Warren Health Service will contribute towards the region's self-sufficiency and be a great asset for Manjimup residents."
Perkins Builders will start forward works in early 2016. The tender for the main works will be released in March 2016 and will be awarded in June 2016.
An expression of interest will be released in early 2016 to commission artworks for the new hospital under the State Government's Percent for Art Scheme.
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700