Hos­pi­tal builder aims to em­ploy lo­cal

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Cock­ram Con­struc­tions has been awarded the ten­der for the State Gov­ern­ment’s $41.8m Onslow Hos­pi­tal build, with con­struc­tion start­ing last week.

The fa­cil­ity is slated for com­ple­tion in mid-2018 and Cock­ram is cur­rently work­ing on its pro­cure­ment process to get lo­cal peo­ple in­volved in the project.

Onslow Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try chief ex­ec­u­tive Chantelle King said lo­cal busi­ness would be buoyed by the hos­pi­tal project.

“Cock­ram is re­ally keen to sup­port lo­cal busi­ness and em­ploy lo­cal where pos­si­ble,” she said. “They got the con­tract on Fri­day and by Tues­day they had al­ready joined up with the cham­ber.”

Ms King said meet­ings with Cock­ram and lo­cal busi­nesses had so far been pro­duc­tive.

Health Min­is­ter John Day said the new fa­cil­ity would have a range of ex­tra ser­vices for the com­mu­nity.

“Res­i­dents will have the ser­vices of an ex­panded three­bed emer­gency depart­ment, a six-bed in­pa­tient unit with sin­gle rooms each with en­suites, a dig­i­tal imag­ing depart­ment and tele­health links for rapid ac­cess to off-site emer­gency spe­cial­ists,” he said.

“It will also have new pathol­ogy, den­tal, child health, com­mu­nity men­tal health, com­mu­nity health nurs­ing, phys­io­ther­apy, speech and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and coun­selling fa­cil­i­ties.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the Onslow Health Ser­vice con­struc­tion and de­sign would sup­port up to 530 jobs.

The Onslow Hos­pi­tal is part of the $194.1 mil­lion North West Health Ini­tia­tive.

Fund­ing of the health ser­vice re­de­vel­op­ment in­cludes $22 mil­lion from Wheat­stone LNG.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the new Onslow Hos­pi­tal cam­pus. Pic­ture: Depart­ment of Health

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