Sixty new retail and hospitality jobs will be created at the new Bendigo Hospital when it opens, Bendigo East MP, Jacinta Allan, announced today. While inspecting the new Bendigo Hospital construction site today, Ms Allan congratulated retail and hospitality specialist, Zouki, the company that has been awarded the tender for the full array of retail services at the new Bendigo Hospital.
“This is very good news, because these 60 additional jobs are on top of the 220 full-time and part-time new healthcare roles, previously announced by the State Government, for the coming year.
“With 10 years of planning, design and building, we are now really seeing the ongoing jobs benefits,” she said.
According to project consortium Exemplar Health’s chief executive Michele Morrison, the Zouki group is a highly experienced company, and an ideal fit for the new Bendigo Hospital.
“The Zouki outlets within the new hospital will ensure that everyone who comes to the hospital, be it as a staff member, patient or visitor, will be able to access an outstanding array of healthy meals, snacks, gifts, flowers, convenience goods and services,” Ms Morrison said.
“The Zouki bid has fully accommodated our vision for the new hospital and this announcement will boost local employment, with the Zouki group forecasting to employ more than 190 local staff across both stages of the project,” she explained.
The successful bid by Zouki, which in Stage One of the project, includes five shops: quality food, convenience, floristry and gift store, ‘The Larder’; wholesome natural eatery, ‘The Green Shop Organic’; cart-style coffee-bar, ‘Coffeebox’, plus fresh food, juice and salad bar, ‘Healthy Fillings’. The fifth outlet is Zouki’s centrepiece brasserie-café which will be open from breakfast to dinner. A ‘name the café’ competition for this flagship new hospital outlet will be offered to Bendigo Health and Spotless staff, with the winner and winning café name to be announced later this year.
The Melbourne-based Zouki group has more than 60 outlets active across Australia, operating in many public and private hospital settings, including the Royal Women’s Hospital, Epworth Geelong and Box Hill Hospital in Victoria.
This retail announcement is in response to a stringent process carried out by Exemplar Health, which included an ‘expression of interest’ (EOI) stage that shortlisted 27 applicants. The EOI was followed by a three-month request-for-proposal (RFP) submission phase, and more recently, a shortlisting interview process with Exemplar Health and Bendigo Health.
Zouki executive director, Mr Faddy Zouky, expressed delight about being part of the Bendigo Hospital Project.
“On behalf of my brothers, I am thrilled to be involved in such a landmark project, and we look forward to adding value to the Bendigo community, its local commercial supply chains, the thriving Bendigo Health staff community and culture, while also making a positive philanthropic contribution to the Bendigo Health Foundation,” Mr Zouky said.
Bendigo Health chief executive, John Mulder said staff, patients, their families and everybody who spends time at the hospital would benefit from the decision. “Having high quality food and retail choices will enhance the quality of the hospital experience in this state-of-the-art facility, and of course the jobs boost is welcomed,” Mr Mulder said.
“Some of these positions will be offered to Bendigo Health staff members who are currently employed at various shops and cafes on the hospital campus, as Zouki will be prioritising these existing hospital personnel in the job application process, and many employment opportunities will be locally advertised in due course.”