Victoria Minister for Health David Davis
Planning Starts On New $22.7 Million Charlton Hospital
Victor P Taffa
Planning for Charlton’s new first class hospital has begun with a team formed to guide the future development of the hospital and onsite surveying already underway.
Visiting the site of the new hospital on Learmonth Street today, Minister for Health David Davis said the Victorian Coalition Government had delivered $22.7 Million in the 2012 State Budget to re-build the Charlton campus of East Wimmera Health Service.
“The floods of January 2011 had a devastating impact across Victoria and the township of Charlton was particularly affected, with much of the town being inundated.” Mr. Davis said.
“The floods saw the Charlton campus forced to close its doors for the first time since commencing service delivery.”
“I am delighted to announce $22.7 Million for the construction of a new facility that will provide the Charlton community with a modern health service well into the future.”
Mr. Davis said a Project Control Group had been established and commenced meeting to oversee this important capital redevelopment project.
“A preliminary site assessment has commenced with the design phase set to commence in July 2012.” Mr. Davis said.
“This purpose-built facility will include residential aged care and inpatient bed-based services, urgent care, primary care and allied health services, including the co-location of general practitioner services.”
Construction on the site of the former Charlton Primary School is expected to begin mid-2013.
The Project Control Group brings together representatives of the East Wimmera Health Service Board and Executive and the Department of Health, as well as specialist consultants who have been appointed from Aurecon project management, Baade Harbour Australia architects, Sweett Australia quantity surveyors and Umow Lai and Associates engineering services.
“I would like to thank all project partners for their enthusiasm, drive and commitment to the development of what will be a first class facility that will provide essential health care services to the residents of Charlton and surrounding districts.” Mr. Davis said.
“Hospitals and aged care capital works projects funded in the Budget will deliver a significant jobs boom across Victoria, with the creation of more than 700 new construction jobs.”
“More than 560 jobs will be created by upgrades to hospitals across rural Victoria, including about 45 at Charlton Hospital.” Mr. Davis said.