A greenfield site has been earmarked for a new Sarina hospital, expected to be built within the next three years.
Member for Mackay and Assistant Minister for State Development Julieanne Gilbert said consultation and planning had revealed the existing hospital was not suitable for redevelopment, and that a new facility was needed for the Central Queensland town.
“I’m pleased to say that the Palaszczuk Government will be building a brand new hospital in Sarina,” she said.
“It is very exciting for the community to know they will be getting a new hospital that will be carefully planned to meet their needs now and into the future.
“This new facility will also mean less people will have to travel to Mackay Base Hospital to receive treatment.”
Mackay Hospital and Health Board Chair Tim Mulherin welcomed the announcement, saying news of a new hospital was very exciting for staff and the community.
“While a greenfield site in Brewers Rd is our preferred option, we still have further analysis, consultation and negotiation to go before it is confirmed,” he said.
It’s expected construction will start in 2021 and be finished in 2022.