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Builder appointed for the Broken Hill Emergency Department and Mental Health Unit redevelopments

Construction is set to start soon on the redevelopment of the Broken Hill Emergency Department (ED) and a new Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit, following the appointment of the building contractor. 

A new Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit (MHIPU) is being delivered alongside a $10 million upgrade of the Emergency Department (ED) to enhance emergency care facilities. The modern facilities are set to provide essential care and mental health support to Broken Hill and its surrounding communities, now and into the future. 

The existing ED will be reconfigured and upgraded to include specialised treatment areas for children and mental health services, along with a new dedicated 24/7 entry, extensive internal refurbishments, and a spacious, light-filled waiting area. 

A comprehensive planning and design process helped shape the redevelopment with extensive input from the local and Aboriginal communities, ensuring the facilities are culturally safe and relevant.  

Barpa, a majority Indigenous-owned firm experienced in health projects across rural and regional NSW, has been appointed as the contractor following a competitive tender process. 

The project will also create and support job opportunities throughout construction, and contractor Barpa will shortly be reaching out to local trades, businesses, and suppliers about opportunities to be involved.   

The new purpose-built Acute MHIPU is being delivered under the NSW Government’s $700 million Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program , aimed at creating culturally safe and therapeutic environments for individuals with mental health needs and their support networks. 

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