Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, Dubbo Base Hospital acting general manager Debbie Bickerton, NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Dubbo Base Hospital’s chief executive Pim Allen and project manager Bruno Zinghini. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEDUBBO MP Troy Grant has urged the community to have its say now to ensure it receives the hospital it wants.
Mr Grant and NSW health minister Jillian Skinner were at Dubbo Base Hospital yesterday to attend the launch of schematic designs for its $79.8 million redevelopment.
Health Infrastructure, which is responsible for the delivery and management of major capital works projects and programs of projects of $10 million and more, used both printed posters and special computer software at the event to demonstrate the finer details of the project.
The parliamentarians, clinicians, Dubbo Health Council members and Dubbo City Council representatives were among those to receive the first glimpse of the project, funded by a $72.7 million NSW government contribution and $7.1 million from the federal government Health and Hospitals Fund.
Unlike work on the earlier master plan for the hospital, the community has the opportunity to view the schematic plans, now on public exhibition.
They can be found at several locations in the city, but Mr Grant has gone further, producing a booklet on the redevelopment to distribute to households.
“I encourage everyone to get down to the malls, go online or go to the council to have a look at it because the community told me in no uncertain words they wanted buy-in, they wanted to have a look at these plans,” he said
“Well we’re delivering, go and have a look.”
Mr Grant said the launch of the plans would emphasize that the redevelopment was not a pipe dream, but a soon-to-be realised infrastructure investment in regional NSW.
“This redevelopment will secure Dubbo hospital as the major rural referral centre and acute care hospital for speciality services to meet the growing demands of our area,” Mr Grant said.
“The launch of these schematic designs for the new hospital is a significant and exciting milestone for the project and locals are encouraged to view the designs.”
Mrs Skinner also invited the community to pour over the plans.
“Now locals can see firsthand how their new hospital will look and importantly how their new services will be provided,” she said.
“Patients will have access to updated, contemporary services, which will no doubt attract quality clinicians and nurses to Dubbo,” she said.
Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek welcomed the announcement.
“This is a great investment,” she said.
“The redevelopment of the Dubbo Base Hospital will mean that local people will be able to get health services when and where they need them.”
Tenders for the redevelopment building contract have closed and it is expected to be awarded by the end of the month.
Demolition and other early works are scheduled to begin next month.
Main construction is anticipated to begin in early 2013 and the completion of the hospital redevelopment is scheduled for late 2014.
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