A West Bundaberg drainage project is set to start in coming weeks to facilitate the expansion of the Friendlies Society Private Hospital.
Divisional representative Cr Helen Blackburn said materials would begin arriving on site in coming weeks.
“New major drainage infrastructure will be installed on parts of Electra and Bingera Streets to improve stormwater drainage with work commencing in mid-June,” Cr Blackburn said.
“Council has purchased the major culvert components in an effort to minimise the construction timeframe.
“These components will be securely stored nearby on Council land at Grimstead Street.”
She said local contractor Hawe Earthmoving had been contracted to undertake the majority of the West Bundaberg drainage project.
Motorists and residents can expect to see changes to local traffic conditions for the duration of the works and Council thanks motorists in advance for their patience and understanding.
Works are expected to be completed in late August, weather permitting.
Hospital expansion drives need for West Bundaberg drainage upgrade
The Friendlies Society Private Hospital (FSPH) masterplan was approved by Bundaberg Regional Council in August 2018.
When announced, Planning and Development portfolio spokesperson Cr Ross Sommerfeld said the significant expansion would enable the Friendlies to continue meeting community needs well into the future.
“The expansion of the FSPH will provide a boost for not only Bundaberg but the broader Wide Bay Region through the provision of a specialised and contemporary facility that can cater to the growing demand for regional medical services,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“This development will be constructed over five stages which will include a substantial increase in theatre capacity and refurbishment and upgrade of existing theatre support areas.
“The building footprint will be expanded, adding 3125sqm to the gross floor area to accommodate additional theatres and a new, 28 bed ward that will replace the existing William Schoch Ward.”
The initial stages off the expansion project address the need for additional parking and the closure of Crofton Street to traffic.