Geraldton Hospital redevelopment delayed
The Geraldton Health Campus redevelopment has been put back for about a year, according to a new State Government document.
In March this year Health minister Roger Cook said construction would begin next year, but the Finance Department document issued this week says “Tender, Assessment and Award” commences in March 2021.
Member for Geraldton Ian Blayney said he was cynical about the timing.
“There happens to be an election that month,” he said.
“They won’t have anything else to show for it so they will have a signing ceremony.
“No doubt the Minister will grab a shovel and turn a bit of dirt.”
Agricultural Region member Darren West said the Department of Finance building management and works had presented “revised timelines” after his government insisted on local content in the project.
“This has meant that the project will now be broken into smaller chunks to give local businesses a greater opportunity to win the tenders,” he said.
“We would like to see this project 100 per cent locally-built.
“While this may mean an overall delay for the final components of Stage 1 we believe that this major Government investment is better spent in Geraldton than in Perth or the Eastern States.”
Mr Blayney conceded the delay might make the work accessible to more local contractors.
“There is only one local company that can go over $6 million with construction projects,” he said.
“I am skeptical about that causing the time delay but I am keen on anything to do with increasing local participation.”
The Finance Department document says the new extensions will not be fully operational before May 2023.
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