PROGRESS: The Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment is one step closer.
PROGRESS: The Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment is one step closer. Conrad Gargett

Milestone for Kingaroy Hospital redevelopment

SEVEN potential construction companies have been short-listed to build the new $73.9 million Kingaroy Hospital.

Construction of the redevelopment project has hit another important milestone with the short-listing of construction tenders now completed.

Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the call for tenders was a major step in the process towards the hospital redevelopment.

"Preference will be given to local sub-contractors in the construction phase of the project, this means more local jobs and more opportunities for the South Burnett,” he said.

"As a Government we are committed to putting Queensland jobs first and we will ensure that local companies can contribute to this project, one which will have a massive positive impact on the region.”

Mr Miles said the short-list meant the next step could be taken to redevelop the hospital and provide more and better health services in Kingaroy.

"This new hospital is not only essential for Kingaroy, but for the whole South Burnett community,” Mr Miles said.

"Over the next two years, Kingaroy Hospital staff and the community, who were consulted and provided input, will see a new hospital being built.”

Darling Downs Health Board Chair Mr Mike Horan AM has thanked the Kingaroy Hospital staff for their input into making sure the facility would continue to meet the needs of the ever-growing community.

"Our staff have continued to provide the highest quality services and patient-centred care throughout the initial early works, which shows the resilience and dedication of the Darling Downs Health team” he said.

Detailed design of the hospital is now well advanced and is on track to be presented to the short-listed companies for final pricing by the end of March.