The hard-packed grounds of Inverell have been broken, with Member for the Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall, turning the first sod on Stage 1A of the $60 million Inverell Hospital Redevelopment last week.
Mr Marshall was joined onsite by construction staff and representatives Health Infrastructure and the Hunter New England Local Health District. And while it took a few goes to shift the dry grounds, everyone was excited to see the project officially get underway.
“This is a great moment for the community of Inverell,” said Project Director at Health Infrastructure, David Bedingfield. “Enabling works by contractors will be increasing over the coming months as the foundations for a great project are laid.”
A fly-through video heightened excitement on the day, providing residents with the first glimpse of their new hospital.
$30 million has been committed to Stage 1A, which will deliver a new emergency department and inpatient unit. This includes emergency care for children and mental health patients, as well as new paediatric and maternity facilities, palliative care, medical imaging, operating theatres, day surgery and a new main entry.
Stage 1B was announced in June of this year, with an additional $30 million committed by the Government to refurbish parts of the existing hospital for ambulatory care and community health functions.