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Bulk earthworks, roads and services have been completed to prepare the site for the $207.15 million Karratha Health Campus (KHC) for construction later this year.
The KHC is the largest single capital investment in health infrastructure in country Western Australia to date, made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Pilbara Cities program.
The milestone was marked with a site handover ceremony today between LandCorp and the Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman to the Western Australia Country Health Services.
The KHC will be located in the town centre as part of the Pilbara Cities’ revitalisation of the Karratha CBD and will contribute to the vibrancy of the city by integrating health care services with community facilities, cafes, shops and apartments.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Pilbara Development Commission Trish Barron said the population needs of the West Pilbara region have placed increased pressure on existing healthcare facilities and services.
“The KHC will transform the delivery of health care for Karratha and its surrounding communities. Residents of these communities are entitled to the same high level of health care and services as those living in metropolitan cities, and the new KHC will deliver this," Ms Barron said.
The new KHC will support the smaller West Pilbara communities and health facilities including Roebourne, Wickham, Tom Price, Onslow and Paraburdoo.
In addition it will deliver a significantly expanded emergency department with state of the art technology and allied health services such as physiotherapy, and speech, and occupational therapy, counselling, community health nursing, community mental health and drug and alcohol service and aged care support.
“This major investment builds on the achievements of the Pilbara Cities Health Partnership which has significantly improved access to specialist services across the region, and enabled them to be delivered closer to home," Ms Barron said.
“The Pilbara Cities program is contributing to Karratha and surrounding communities being attractive places to live and work."
Foundations laid for Karratha's new hospital - Minister for Regional Development