THE bulk of the work on the $115 million Wonthaggi Hospital expansion will be done by local tradies using locally sourced materials.
The Labor Government highlighted the expansion as the 100th in a multi-billion-dollar program of major infrastructure projects.
The expansion will increase the hospital’s capacity, enabling it to treat an extra 26,000 emergency patients per year.
The project will deliver a new operating theatre and refurbish two existing theatres and inpatient rooms to meet the community’s needs. Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said locals will play a crucial role in building the project.
“This much needed upgrade of the Wonthaggi Hospital will not only save lives – it will give apprentices and trainees a good start to their career.”
Minister for Industry and Employment Ben Carroll the government infrastructure program is creating thousands of local jobs and apprenticeships across the state by ensuring Victorians get their fair share of work.
“We’re making sure all Victorians benefit from our massive pipeline of infrastructure projects which is creating tens-of-thousands of jobs and boosting our economy by tens-of-billions of dollars.
“The Labor Government has set minimum local content requirements on 100 strategic projects – totalling $58 billion – compared to just eight set under the former Liberal Government.”
The crucial expansion of Wonthaggi Hospital will be delivered under Local Jobs First using 90 per cent local content and requiring 10 per cent of work hours to be completed by local apprentices, trainees and cadets.
Local content includes labour, building materials and fittings like concrete, glass and steel, as well as professional services like engineering and design.
Local businesses interested in supplying to Local Jobs First projects, like the Wonthaggi Hospital, can register with the Industry Capability Network Victoria at icnvic.org.au.
All Victorian government departments and agencies must apply Local Jobs First for projects valued at $1 million or more in regional Victoria, or $3 million or more in Melbourne.
“We’ve made Local Jobs First the law so that local content, apprentice, trainee and cadet requirements continue to create local jobs and support local businesses well into the future,” Mr Carroll said.