Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk
Next Stage Of $70 Million Roma Hospital Development
Victor P Taffa
Next stage of the $70 Million Roma Hospital development will get underway this month with the demolition of the Pathology Building, the old nurses’ quarters and the hospital swimming pool to clear the area for new construction.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the hospital development represented an historic investment in health services in the Maranoa region and it is set to contribute hundreds of jobs into the region.
Contract for the $658,000 demolition works had been awarded to Burke Industries Pty Ltd of Toowoomba Premier Palaszczuk announced.
Demolition works could proceed now that the Pathology Building had been vacated following the successful relocation of the pathology service to newly refurbished premises within the existing hospital building Premier Palaszczuk said.
Refurbishment work was undertaken over the past month by Roma contractor Brett Cherry Builders Pty Ltd.
“Tenders also will be called for the main contractor who will undertake the actual construction of the new hospital. We expect this to be awarded and work to get under way by November this year.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
“There will be further opportunities for local firms to participate in this multi-million dollar project as the work starts to gather pace this year.”
“I was proud to announce the new hospital last year. It is part of my Government’s $180 Million Enhancing Regional Hospitals program to meet the needs of the region and its people and to reflect the latest advances in healthcare and technology.” Premier Palaszczuk said.
South West Hospital and Health Board Chair Lindsay Godfrey said local residents would see the scale of works on the Roma Hospital increase significantly this year.
“This is one of the largest single government investments in Roma in many years and will be a huge boost for the Maranoa community as well as the region as a whole.” Mr. Godfrey said.
“I would like to thank the State Government and the Department of Health for their continued and generous support and investment in better health services for the South West.”