A contract worth a cool $32 million, has been awarded to major building construction services contractor, Cockram Construction Ltd. The recent announcement by Health Minister John Day and Regional Development Minister, Terry Redman, that the construction giant will redevelop the Katanning Health Service, was met with positivity due to the opening up of a potential 700 new construction jobs to the region.
Mr Day said the upgrades to the Katanning Health Service would include: new emergency and medical imaging departments; an outpatient care facility; refurbished surgical services and sterilising facilities; laundry and a new morgue. Starting in August the project is expected to take two years and is part of the National Government's half a billion, Southern Inland Health Initiative's (SIHI) program to improve hospital infrastructure in 37 towns.
Home to one of Western Australia's most multicultural communities, Katanning acts as the district hub for a diverse population spread across a large geographical area which includes some remote towns. The proposed upgrades will make it easier for the local community to access services including emergency care, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, counselling, community health nursing, community mental health and aged care support from one convenient location.
"Improvements to infrastructure and service delivery - such as the new Katanning Health Service - will enable a greater number of patients to be treated regionally, reducing the need for travel away from family to other larger facilities in the regions or to metropolitan sites," said Regional Development Minister Terry Redman.
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