An LNP Government would invest $180 million to fully fund stage one of the Cairns University Hospital project, the party says.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington joined LNP candidate for Barron River Linda Cooper and LNP candidate for Cairns Sam Marino in Far North Queensland today to make the announcement.
The LNP’s total commitment includes $160 million towards construction, $5 million for a business case and $15 million to acquire the site.
“The LNP will build the next-generation hospital that Cairns deserves,” Ms Frecklington said.
“The university hospital will catapult Cairns health services into a new era and patients will be able to get advanced treatments at this state-of-the-art facility.”
The economy in Cairns had been smashed and major construction projects like the Cairns University Hospital must be brought forward to get people back into work, she said.
“The LNP’s commitment will create hundreds of construction jobs and secure hundreds of long terms jobs in medical research for the region,” Ms Frecklington said. “When Queensland is building, Queensland is working.”
Today’s commitment was in addition to $26 million the LNP has undertaken to invest to expand the existing Cairns Hospital emergency department.
The State Labor Government last month committed almost $53 million to hospital upgrades towards the transition to a Cairns University Hospital project and for a business case.
And this month it said it would invest $15 million to acquire land for a new research and education precinct near Cairns Hospital to be built in partnership with James Cook University.
Along with $60 million the university has already secured from the Federal Government, that funding would enable construction of JCU’s Cairns Tropical Enterprise Centre (CTEC).