Super clinic builders to be named
BUILDERS on Bundaberg’s long-delayed GP superclinic are expected to be appointed by the end of the year.
The $5 million superclinic was first announced during the 2007 federal election campaign, but it was not until April this year that Bundaberg Health Promotions was appointed to run the medical facility.
Bundaberg Health Promotions CEO Harley Stanton said plans for the facility had now been finalised, with only a few minor changes to the building.
“We put a notice out requesting expressions of interest a few weeks ago, and on Monday we provided all the people who applied with a copy of our plans so they can put together a tender,” he said.
Six builders, including four Bundaberg-based companies, expressed an interest in building the facility.
“We’d be keen to try and ensure a local builder gets the tender, but in the competitive environment we are working in we have to go with the builder which will provide the most for us,” he said.
The hopefuls have until November 22 to lodge their tender.
“We expect to appoint a builder within two weeks after the tenders close,” he said.
In July, Dr Stanton told the NewsMail he hoped construction would be completed by the end of November 2011.
He said changes to the plans were minor and included additions to the foyer of the top floor and a fire escape.
Plans for the superclinic show the facility will feature eight GP consultation rooms, two procedure rooms, pathology and two student learning offices. Rooms for a physiotherapist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, psychologist and dietician will also be built.
The clinic, which will be built on the corner of Branyan and Crofton streets, will operate from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday and 8am to noon on Saturday.