Labor today pledged a $60 million investment, matching the Morrison Government’s funding promise for Stage 1 of the Cairns University Hospital.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been visiting Far North Queensland, said the investment meant James Cook University could purchase land and deliver a worldclass medical research through the new Cairns Tropical Enterprise Centre in the Cairns University Hospital Precinct.
That would enable research and education staff at Cairns Hospital to be relocated to the new facility, freeing up space for around 150 beds in the hospital for patients and clinical services, he said.
Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said it was time for the State Government to step up and commit to the second stage of the Cairns University Hospital.
In a media release today, Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten said
Labor’s commitment to invest in a new Cairns University Hospital followed the ‘Cairns Convoy to Canberra’ last year, when the party was briefed on the vision to transform Cairns Hospital into a new tertiary facility.
“Our funding will include $10 million towards the purchase of the required land as well as $50 million to fully fund the James Cook University’s Tropical Enterprise Centre within a new Cairns University Hospital precinct,” he said.
“This is a project that will further diversify the Cairns local economy to support more good, local, secure jobs.”