Expressions of interest to identify a site for the new Bundaberg Hospital will open 10 August and close 9 September.
At a public briefing today, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service revealed that 15-20 hectares are needed for the facility.
The site is required to be within 17km of the CBD, low flood risk, accessible by public transport and value for money.
Hospital board chair Peta Jamieson said the construction could cost anywhere between $500 million and $1.5 billion.
This would make it the biggest-ever project ever undertaken in Bundaberg.
Planning and development spokesman for Bundaberg Regional Council, Cr Ross Sommerfeld, said the new hospital was a “game changer” for the community.
“The Mayor's petition to Parliament outlined the problems we currently have with patients and families travelling to Brisbane for many specialist services,” Cr Sommerfeld said.
“It will improve the lives of thousands of people to have a state-of-the-art hospital in Bundaberg.
“It will be fantastic for staff as well and help to attract highly skilled medical professionals.”
Cr Sommerfeld said construction would stimulate the local building industry.
“I hope that preference is given to local tradies for this landmark project,” he said.
“Having a modern hospital in Bundaberg will also invigorate the broader property sector by making the region a more attractive place to live, work and retire.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk promised several weeks ago the Government will invest in a new state-of-the-art hospital for the Bundaberg Region.
Her announcement coincided with a petition launched by Mayor Dempsey, which was tabled in State Parliament.