Vital health services for the region
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.