Construction of the new Bundaberg Hospital is expected to start in the coming months.
It comes as the Palaszczuk Government announced it will invest $1.2 billion to deliver a new state-of-the-art Bundaberg Hospital on a new site, as part of the largest investment in hospitals and beds in Queensland’s history.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the investment was part of the Queensland Health and Hospitals Plan.
“Already, we’re getting on with the job, planning is well underway, early works will start off-site by the end of this year, with work onsite beginning in early 2023," Ms Palaszczuk says.
“This is a significant development for Bundaberg – creating jobs, easing pressure on the Wide Bay health service and ensuring locals have better access to care when and where they need it.”
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath says the facility would add an additional 121 beds, providing a modern space tailored to the needs of the community.
“The population is growing, it’s ageing, and more people are presenting with more complex conditions than ever before,” Minister D’Ath says.
The new Bundaberg Hospital is expected to open in the second half of 2027.
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith welcomed the $1.2 billion investment and the incredible benefits the new hospital will bring for the community.
"It is a game changer for our region, and will enable more locals to receive care closer to home,” Mr Smith says.
“Construction of the new hospital will also provide a big boost for the local economy, with this project alone creating around 2,887 jobs during construction.”