Landowners invited to submit sites for new hospital

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New Bundaberg Hospital site
Expressions of interest are invited from landowners wishing to suggest a new Bundaberg hospital site.

Sites for the new Bundaberg Hospital are being explored with landowners invited to come forward and list their properties to be considered.

Health Minister Steven Miles said the site selection process was a crucial part of the detailed business case for the new hospital, which is now under way.

“The new hospital is an important project for the region,” Mr Miles said.

“The Palaszczuk Government is committed to delivering the best public health services to the Wide Bay community so that the region can thrive. Not only will the finished hospital attract more health workers to the area, there will also be plenty of jobs during its construction.

“This hospital will service the growing community well into the future, so the choice of site is crucial.”

Wide Bay Hospital and Health board chair Peta Jamieson said in addition to state-owned land, the site investigation process would consider both privately owned and local government-owned land, which would be assessed using a consistent set of criteria.

“There’s been a huge amount of interest and speculation locally in where a new hospital in Bundaberg could be located, and now the process to assess sites is formally starting,” Ms Jamieson said.

“As we discussed in some recent public information sessions, there is a specific set of criteria that the right block of land for a new hospital needs to satisfy.

“This includes being between 15-20 hectares in size; being in an accessible location within 17km of the CBD, and with good transport links; and having strong flood protection.

“A new hospital would serve the Bundaberg community and Wide Bay region for decades, so it’s important we find the right site to help us best serve the community’s health needs well into the future.”

WBHHS and Building Queensland’s more detailed site criteria, associated conditions and lodgement requirements are included in the Expression of Interest document.

Ms Jamieson said once all the expressions of interest had been received, the Project Steering Committee would consider all the options in conjunction with specialist property and technical consultants, and would then make a recommendation to the State Government.

“It is expected that a decision on the new site will be made by early 2020, but we still have a few more steps in the decision-making process to go,” she said.

The detailed business case is being led by Building Queensland in partnership with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

Any landowner seeking more information or wishing to formally register their interest, either directly or through their agent, should contact WBHHS’s Property Consultant, John Woolley, at [email protected] or by phoning 0417 603 702.

The expression of interest process for a new Bundaberg Hospital site will close on 9 September 9 2019.

Information is also available on WBHHS’s website, at www.health.qld.gov.au/widebay/bundaberg-hospital

3 COMMENTS

  1. They should have made it a level 6 hospital. The land for it is on the corner of Kendals road and Childers Road right next to the airport within spitting distance of CQU. We could have serviced the whole of Hinkler with that, no need to go to Brisbane at all any more. Maybe the CQU could even train health professionals locally?

  2. The whole town as far west as Branyan, as far north as Welcome Creek, quite some distance past Thabeban to the south and most of the coastal areas nearby qualify as within 17km. There is literally tons of places it could go.

    Accessibility can be bolstered by it being near a bus route or the train station/airport for those coming from outside the town.

    The CBD has picked up quite nicely with many new shops, particularly in the eastern part. I fear adding a hospital too close to it would just add to congestion as people who are going to the hospital are likely not going shopping. The CBD needs its rework to finish off its recovery but a new hospital would likely do the opposite and impede shoppers accessing the shops.

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