Rockhampton’s Geoff Murphy.
Rockhampton’s Geoff Murphy. File Image

Local contractor's bid rejected

PROMINENT Rockhampton businessman Geoff Murphy has expressed disappointment his building firm JM Kelly lost out on the contract for the latest stage of the city hospital's $244million redevelopment.

However, Mr Murphy said he understood his company's tender had been beaten by a more competitive bid to develop the next stage of Rockhampton Hospital's expansion.

Earlier this month, Premier Anna Bligh announced South Australian company Hansen Yuncken had been appointed as the managing contractor.

This has prompted some rumblings of disgruntlement in the Rockhampton business community that many flow-on benefits will leave the state and the region, which is still reeling from this year's floods.

“We put a tender in, but unfortunately it wasn't the best,” Mr Murphy said.

“We are disappointed of course, but also accept you have to be competitive in the marketplace ... that's the game we are in.”

He said JM Kelly, which was awarded the contract for the first stage of the hospital's redevelopment, had a good working relationship with the government.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten said he too was disappointed JM Kelly hadn't won the contract.

“I think this company has done a great job on the first stage,” Mr Schwarten said.

“But this shows these sorts of decisions are well and truly above any political interference.

“Geoff Murphy has been very successful in his business ... you win some and you lose some.”

Premier Anna Bligh said Hansen Yuncken was highly regarded for delivering high-quality health facilities.

“Locals will see work under way by mid-2011 and the new ward block will be open in 2013,” Ms Bligh said.

She said the redevelopment would double the footprint of the main hospital buildings within the next two years.

“It will also deliver more than 100 additional beds and bay and new services sooner for this important and growing region.”

The next stage of the expansion will see a new seven-storey hospital building that will house the new regional cancer centre and extra wards.



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