New hospital delivers jobs bonus for Bendigo

(Media release, Minister for Health)

The Baillieu Coalition Government will boost job security for construction workers on the massive $630 million new Bendigo Hospital project.

Visiting Bendigo today, Mr Davis said the design, construction and fit-out of the new Bendigo Hospital will create about 735 new regional jobs

“We have delivered on our commitment to build a bigger and better Bendigo Hospital, which will also lead to a jobs windfall for the Bendigo community,” Mr Davis said.

“Construction of the new hospital will generate in the order of 735 new jobs in the construction industry and supply chain, and at least 500 of these jobs will be maintained for at least three years during the peak construction period.

“This higher level of sustained employment has been enabled by the additional $102 million investment made in the 2011/12 state budget by the Baillieu Government.

“Facilitating longer term employment will support the economic growth and job security in the region more broadly.”

Mr Davis said the new Bendigo Hospital will be the largest regional hospital development in Victoria, and one of the biggest hospital projects across Australia.

“The new hospital is planned to have 372 new acute inpatient beds. This will provide a total of 570 beds, 219 more than the current hospital,” Mr Davis said.

“It will also have 10 new operating theatres and a new Integrated Regional Cancer Centre with four radiotherapy bunkers on the main campus.”

Mr Davis said the new Bendigo Hospital will be delivered as a Public Private Partnership enabling it to be delivered with the best value for the Victorian community.

“We are committed to delivering the project on time and on budget and enabling works to clear the site are already well underway,” Mr Davis said.

“The project is on track for commencement of construction by the end of next year, and completion in 2016.”

Mr Davis said the next step in the process will be the release of a public Invitation for Expressions of Interest. This document is currently being prepared.

“This new development will help to restore health services and provide for the future health needs and the increasing demands of a growing population,” Mr Davis said.