What the seven storey oncology unit would look like.
What the seven storey oncology unit would look like. Contributed

Bid for $239m oncology unit work

LOCAL building sub-contractors may get a chance to help build the new seven-storey oncology unit at the Rockhampton Base Hospital.

Central Queensland Health Service District chief executive Maree Geraghty told a group of Rockhampton's leading business people last week the $239 million project was all go.

Ms Geraghty said the project would help service cancer patients from across the CQ region – stopping the long trip for many who have been forced to travel to Brisbane for treatment.

But the centre will not be complete until 2013, when it would service a total of 100 people at a time, and employ 120 more doctors and nurses.

Michael Curtis, senior project manager with Hansen Yuncken, the lead contractor for the project, said the company was looking for competitive tenders from local sub-contractors for stage two of the hospital expansion.

Mr Curtis said the building would be cyclone-resistant, and would be linked to the current hospital via four hallways between the two buildings.

He said the company was “committed” to local industry, and as the State Government's project manager, was bound by the government's local industry policy.

Concreters, painters, cabinet-makers and many other tradespeople will have a chance to put in expressions of interest for different parts of the project.

Mr Curtis and Ms Geraghty made the presentation to a Capricorn Tourism and Economic Development Limited business forum last week.

For more information on the local tendering opportunities, go to the CTEDL website.

FAST FACTS

  • $239 million for the new oncology unit
  • 120 new medical staff to be employed
  • 100 new beds for cancer patients in Rocky


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