Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner
Staff Hospital Accommodation Awarded Major Project Status
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government is investing in Alice Springs, assigning major project status to the Alice Springs Hospital Staff Accommodation Project.
“This project will support more than 110 jobs during construction, while indirectly supporting 465 jobs.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.
“Major project status recognises the significance of the project to Alice Springs and the Territory, providing government assistance and mapping project related government approvals.”
This $25 Million private investment is developing a residential precinct within a defined area of the Alice Springs Central Business District, located between Todd Street and South Terrace.
“Residential accommodation precinct will help activate the Alice Springs CBD and is part of the Territory Government’s vision to attract and retain highly skilled health practitioners to deliver health and health related services in Alice Springs.” Member for Braitling Dale Wakefield said.
Local company, Whittaker Street Developments (WSD) in conjunction with their project partner Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation Pty Ltd, was awarded the accommodation contract, which will see a new high-quality complex constructed and will help attract and retain professional health staff in Alice Springs.
These works will directly support 110 jobs during construction, and indirectly provide support for 465 jobs, with WSD targeting 90% local industry participation for the project.
“Today’s announcement is a huge step by the Territory Government delivering for Centralians.” Member for Namatjira Chansey Paech said.
Facility which is within a short walking distance from the Alice Springs Hospital will include:
- 40 x 1-bedroom units, 20 x 2 bedrooms units and 10 x 3-bedroom units;
- Off street parking;
- Swimming pool;
- Roof top common area;
- Retail or other commercial space adjacent to Todd Street.
Central Australian Health Services (CAHS) will lease the units from the building owners with an initial lease period of 10-years, with an option to extend.
This announcement is part of the Northern Territory Government’s Alice Springs Hospital Masterplan which also identifies a carpark as an essential piece of infrastructure for the Alice Springs community.
This facility will play a key role in the Territory Governments broader vision of revitalising the Alice Springs CBD into a more vibrant and reinvigorated space for local and visitors to enjoy.
“We along with Centrecorp Aboriginal Investment Corporation Pty Ltd are absolutely delighted that the Alice Springs Health Accommodation Development has been granted Major Project Status by the Chief Minister.” Whittaker Street Developments Owner Michael Sitzler said.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and be completed in late 2021.