HOS­PI­TAL GETS CAN­CER CARE BONUS

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

city wa­ter­front gate­way, a water­side liv­ing precinct for residential de­vel­op­ment, the sta­dium and con­ven­tion cen­tre site and short- term ac­com­mo­da­tion around the ex­ist­ing ferry ter­mi­nal.

Mayor Jenny Hill said de­vel­op­ment of the North Yard rail sheds would also be one of the first de­vel­op­ments af­ter coun­cil re­cently pur­chased the site, with pos­si­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing mar­kets, an arts hub, his­tor­i­cal mu­seum and re­tail precinct.

“We’re go­ing to turn an ugly duck­ling into a jewel for our city,’’ Cr Hill said.

Public con­sul­ta­tion for the area’s de­vel­op­ment scheme closes Au­gust 18, with the fi­nal plan ex­pected to be com­pleted in Novem­ber. CHIL­DREN with can­cer, mums with new­born ba­bies and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pa­tients are among those ben­e­fit­ing from Townsville Hos­pi­tal’s $ 340 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk was in Townsville yesterday for the of­fi­cial open­ing of stages three and four of the hos­pi­tal’s ex­pan­sion.

Largely funded by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, it in­cludes a new ward block, more beds, a new phar­macy, kitchen, and mor­tu­ary, sub­a­cute care unit, and ex­panded can­cer cen­tre.

“It’s won­der­ful to see the end re­sult here to­day of this com­mit­ment of pre­vi­ous fed­eral La­bor gov­ern­ments,” Ms Palaszczuk said. “La­bor has a proud track record in build­ing med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties in re­gional Queens­land.”

Queens­land Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick said the open­ing was a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone for North Queens­land’s big­gest healthcare fa­cil­ity.

Fed­eral Health Min­is­ter Sus­san Ley said vi­tal ac­cess to can­cer ser­vices would mean North Queens­lan­ders were able to re­ceive care lo­cally.

Ms Ley also opened a new gen­eral prac­tice train­ing fa­cil­ity at James Cook Univer­sity op­er­ated by train­ing provider Trop­i­cal Med­i­cal Train­ing.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

WELCOME BOOST: Queens­land Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick, Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Fed­eral Health Min­is­ter Sus­san Ley cut the cake with Lucy Rethamel, 8.

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