Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today revealed that the contract for $658,000 worth of demolition works has been awarded, allowing for the next stage of the Roma Hospital redevelopment to progress later this month.
Burke Industries Pty Ltd, a local company from Toowoomba have been chosen to carry out the works. They will undertake the demolition job that will see Roma Hospital’s Pathology Building, old nurse’s quarters and the current swimming pool demolished.
The demolition works are able to be undertaken after several refurbishment works were completed in the past months in preparation. As part of these works, the Pathology building was cleared out, with all of its equipment moved into new areas within the hospital. These works were carried out by Brett Cherry Builders Pty Ltd.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke of the importance of the redevelopment, as well as the ongoing opportunities that will be made available throughout the construction process.
“Tenders also will be called for the main contractor who will undertake the actual construction of the new hospital. We expect this to be awarded and work to get under way by November this year.
“There will be further opportunities for local firms to participate in this multi-million dollar project as the work starts to gather pace this year,’’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
“I was proud to announce the new hospital last year. It is part of my Government’s $180 million Enhancing Regional Hospitals program to meet the needs of the region and its people and to reflect the latest advances in healthcare and technology.
South West Hospital and Health Board Chair Lindsay Godfrey said that the community will reap the benefits of the ongoing works.
“This is one of the largest single government investments in Roma in many years and will be a huge boost for the Maranoa community as well as the region as a whole.
“I would like to thank the State Government and the Department of Health for their continued and generous support and investment in better health services for the South West,” he said.