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Early works for New Shellharbour Hospital on track

Early site works for the new Shellharbour Hospital are nearing completion, preparing the site for the next phase of construction.
Minister for Regional Health Ryan Park and Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson visited the site to meet with workers and inspect the progress on the new hospital.
The project aims to build a sustainable and smart facility from the ground up on a greenfield site, enhancing healthcare access to meet the growing healthcare demands of the community and Illawarra Shoalhaven region for future generations.
Pending planning approval, the main works contract is expected to be awarded mid-year, with work to commence soon after.
The hospital will feature an expanded emergency department, increased surgical capacity, and services for rehabilitation, aged care, acute medical, mental health, drug and alcohol unit, renal dialysis, and outpatients care, alongside improved parking and public transport links.
The new hospital is part of the more than $700 million New Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services project. Funding for the project includes $570.6 million from the NSW Government, with an additional $23.3 million for a new car park, and $128 million from the Australian Government.
As part of the new Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services project, refurbishments were recently completed at Wollongong Hospital and Bulli Hospital to provide expanded rehabilitation and inpatient services in the Northern Illawarra region. Planning is underway for a new community health centre to be delivered in Warrawong, on a section of the old Port Kembla Hospital site. 
Hutchinson Builders was appointed the early works contractor, with the State Significant Development Application for the new hospital lodged in September 2023.
Construction of the new hospital is expected to be complete in 2027.
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