- BGC Constructions wins tender for forward works
- Redevelopment includes new emergency department
Works to kick off the $32 million upgrade of the Katanning Health Service will begin at the end of February, after BGC Constructions won the tender for forward works.
Acting Health Minister Albert Jacob said initial works would include the relocation of site services, bulk earthworks and the demolition of obsolete structures.
"This marks a significant milestone for the local community," Mr Jacob said.
"Not only will the project create a state-of-the-art health service to better serve the community, it will support up to 300 jobs, from design consultants through to construction workers.
"The upgrades will include a new emergency department, medical imaging department and a new outpatient care facility. Surgical services and the associated sterilising department will be refurbished, and a new laundry and morgue will be built."
The redevelopment of the Katanning Health Service is being undertaken as part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative's $300 million capital works program to improve services in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West. The capital works program is one component of the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Acting Regional Development Minister Mia Davies said Katanning residents could look forward to receiving timely and quality health care services closer to home, when the health service was completed.
"Royalties for Regions is investing in critical infrastructure in health facilities to support the sustainability of regional Western Australia," Ms Davies said.
"The initiative will provide a direct, significant and tangible increase in medical and other clinical services, improving local self-sufficiency in the targeted regions."
The main building works are expected to start in mid-2016 and take about 18 months.
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Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700