Sarah Courtney,Minister for Health
The Tasmanian Government is focused on rebuilding our state as we continue through the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We know the construction sector delivers wide reaching benefits across Tasmania’s economy, delivering thousands of jobs in our community.
This is why we are pursuing the most aggressive program in Tasmania’s history – $3.1 billion across two years, to build our way out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Already $70 million has been made available for maintenance, with this funding boost set to fast-track public building maintenance.
I am delighted that our health facilities will benefit from this huge injection, thanks to $10 million being delivered straight into our rural and regional hospitals and ambulance stations.
This means better facilities for our hardworking staff and patients, local jobs for the region and the economic benefits this delivers to small businesses in the area.
This program will deliver more than 100 individual projects across 50 separate sites, with all three regions to benefit.
Projects either planned or underway, include:
- Replacing the switchboards, improving the hot water pipes, fixing box guttering and upgrading the flooring at the Scottsdale District Hospital;
- Replacing roofing at the Campbell Town District Hospital;
- Upgrading the staff kitchen, refurbishing the Child Health and Parenting area, upgrading the security system and improving the laboratory area upgrade for Oral Health Services at the Devonport Community Health Centre;
- Works on the car park at the Oakrise building in Launceston;
- Painting at the Sorell Community Health Centre;
- Upgrading the flooring and delivering a new storage shed at the West Coast District Hospital;
- Renovating the Nurses Accommodation on Bruny Island;
- Refurbishing buildings and undertaking civil works at St Johns Park; and
- Upgrading the air conditioning and reception at the Central Coast Health Centre.
The Flinders Island District Hospital will also receive an upgraded Generator Workshop, new storage shed and flooring upgrades, while King Island will benefit from window replacement, and roofing and deck replacement at the nursing accommodation.
Rural and regional health facilities and ambulance stations are vital to our regional communities and we are proud to continue our investment to improve facilities and support local jobs.