Vi­tal health ser­vices for the re­gion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus site has been handed over for con­struc­tion to be­gin after com­ple­tion of earth­works, roads and ser­vices for the $207.15 mil­lion fa­cil­ity.

The mile­stone was marked with a site han­dover cer­e­mony on Thurs­day, June 2 be­tween LandCorp and the Min­is­ter for Re­gional Devel­op­ment Terry Red­man, to the WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice.

Mr Red­man said the Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus would pro­vide the re­gion with the ser­vices it de­served.

“If you’re go­ing to make the de­ci­sion to live in re­gional Western Aus­tralia hav­ing ac­cess to key health ser­vices is a crit­i­cal part of that de­ci­sion,” he said.

“This is an­other part of the jig­saw which needs to pull to­gether a city of the north; be­ing in the town cen­tre helps to ac­ti­vate the main street.”

Mr Red­man said is­sues raised by the City of Kar­ratha sur­round­ing sev­eral de­sign el­e­ments of the build­ing in­clud­ing con­nec­tiv­ity to the city cen­tre and carpark lay­out were be­ing re­vis­ited.

“Part of the rea­son to lo­cate it here was to ac­ti­vate the city cen­tre and I am sure as we work through it we’ll get an out­come which will achieve that,” he said.

The cam­pus will de­liver an ex­panded emer­gency depart­ment with state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy and al­lied health ser­vices such as phys­io­ther­apy, speech, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, coun­selling, com­mu­nity health nurs­ing, men­tal health, drug and al­co­hol ser­vice and aged care sup­port.

Pil­bara Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Tr­ish Bar­ron said the Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus would trans­form de­liv­ery of health care for Kar­ratha and sur­rounds. “Res­i­dents of these com­mu­ni­ties are en­ti­tled to the same high level of health care and ser­vices as those liv­ing in metropoli­tan cities, and the new KHC will de­liver this,” she said.

Landcorp se­nior devel­op­ment man­ager Travis McNaught said ac­cess through Bal­moral Road would be re­opened any day now.

He said fur­ther works to com­plete as­phalt­ing would need to take place, but would be done un­der traf­fic man­age­ment.

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