Victorian Government Invests $492M into Public Hospital Projects

The Victorian Government will inject $492m into the delivery of 144 new acute public hospital mental health beds across the state. 

This project led by the state government will boost construction jobs across Melbourne and Geelong.  

This move comes as a response from the state government and as per the recommendation of the Royal Commission to support Victoria’s declining mental health system. 

The new beds will be delivered in aid of the critical demand of mental health patients which has seen an increase as a result of COVID-19. 

The 144 new beds will be delivered across four Victorian health service centres located in Northern Hospital, Epping, Sunshine Hospital, St Albans, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville and McKellar Centre, North Geelong.

Home-based beds will be delivered by Barwon Health and Orygen Youth Health and will increase capacity, reduce pressure on the Victorian emergency departments and add additional support to Victorians experiencing mental illness.

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In May we reported that the Victorian Government had announced a $1.18b package to boost construction projects and provide over 1,600 new jobs in construction.

The scope of the announced plans include acute mental health beds, new and improved clinical consulting areas and infrastructure for staff support areas inside the nominated hospitals.

This funding was part of the $2.7 billion Building Works package which was designed to rebuild education infrastructure and support new jobs.

In June we reported that The Victorian Planning Minister, Richard Wynne had said he will start taking action against local councils that are slow to approve major shovel ready projects.

This can guarantee that all state-supported projects will be prioritised and state-supported construction jobs in Victoria will remain seemingly safe.

Construction is set to begin in 2021 with no tender information yet available to builders.

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