THE first sod was turned for the construction of the new Phillip Island Health and Medical Hub on Monday.
The Federal Government has provided $2.5 million for the project, the Victorian Government has provided $2.2 million and will oversee the building of the facility and a further $1.1 million was provided by the Warley Trust, with the Bass Coast Shire Council providing land in Church Street for the building.
Local company TS Constructions won the tender to build the health hub, which is expected to open in 2018.
Minister for Health and Flinders MP Greg Hunt said the project will not only deliver a state-of-the-art facility, but it will also provide jobs for the local region both during and after construction.
“This project is the definition of collaboration, with support from all levels of government and driven by an impassioned community,” he said.
“I congratulate the Phillip Island Medical and Health Action Group for the leading role they have played in ensuring this project came to fruition.
“Their tireless commitment to improving access to health facilities on the Island is to be commended. Phillip Island residents will soon have a medical facility they can be proud of.
“The Hub will provide a range of health and medical services in a state-of-the-art building. More importantly, it will become part of the Wonthaggi Hospital network and will expand as the demand for health services on Phillip Island increases.
“Ever since the closure of Warley Hospital, the community has campaigned tirelessly for better health and medical facilities on Phillip Island and it has been a great pleasure to work closely with local residents to make this dream a reality.”
Building begins at Island health hub