Health fa­cil­ity feed­back to be con­sid­ered

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

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.

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