Health facility feedback to be considered
Community input into the new $207.15 million Karratha Health Campus could be taken on board as soon as next month, according to the WA Country Health Service.
A WACHS spokesman said to ensure community consultation for the design of the campus, a community reference group was being formed with an anticipated first meeting to be called in early October.
“(The) functional design phase has commenced, which will progress to schematic and then detailed design over the next nine months,” he said.
“Construction phase will commence thereafter, with a two-year construction timeframe for this substantial project.”
The design and construction tender for the facility was awarded to Brookfield Multiplex earlier this year.
The WACHS spokesman said the duration of the design phase for the campus had now been extended to July 2016 to enable Brookfield adequate time to develop a comprehensive design.
“The previous date of practical completion of December 2017 would have posed potential risks in terms of transitioning to operations over the cyclone/wet season,” he said.
“The revised timeline for practical completion of June 2018 will result in transitioning to operations before the start of the 201819 wet season.”
The WACHS spokesman said local contractors would be able to tender for work packages through the Brookfield Multiplex “Project-Connect” website.
The location of the health campus has drawn a great deal of ire from the community since it was announced it would be built in the centre of Karratha and not where the current Nickol Bay Hospital is located.
Two hundred and eleven respondents to a WA Labor survey released late last year were in favour of the health campus where NBH is opposed to 23 in favour of the city centre.
Those sentiments had no effect on about 152,000cum of fill being imported to raise the hospital above the 2110 predicted sea level at the city centre location.