The next stage of the $70 million Roma Hospital development is getting under way this month with the demolition of the Pathology Building, the old nurses’ quarters and the hospital swimming pool to clear the area for new construction.
The contract for the $658,000 demolition works has been awarded to Burke Industries of Toowoomba.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the hospital development represented an historic investment in health services in the Maranoa region and was set to contribute hundreds of jobs into the region.
She said the demolition works could proceed now that the Pathology Building had been vacated following the successful relocation of the pathology service to newly refurbished premises within the existing hospital building.
The refurbishment work was undertaken over the past month by Roma contractor Brett Cherry Builders.
“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,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“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.
“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 local residents would see the scale of works on the Roma Hospital increase significantly this year.
“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,’’ he said.