Tender award paves way for Bundaberg’s Big Hospital Build

  • CPB Contractors has been awarded the tender to lead the design stage of the new Bundaberg Hospital.
  • The $1.2 billion new hospital will deliver 121 new beds, extending capacity to the Wide Bay region, while supporting 2,880 jobs.
  • It is expected to be completed in the second half of 2027.

The Palaszczuk Government has today announced CPB Contractors as managing contractor for stage one of the new $1.2 billion Bundaberg Hospital.

The Premier joined the Health Minister Shannon Fentiman and Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith to mark the major announcement, which is the next big step towards construction.

The new Bundaberg Hospital will deliver more than 121 new beds across a range of improved and expanded services such as intensive care, coronary, medical, surgical, paediatric, rehabilitation and mental health units.

It will also have an expanded emergency department and enhanced clinical support services.

It is one of three brand new hospitals announced under the Health and Hospitals Plan for some of Queensland’s fastest growing communities.

Early works to establish access to the new hospital site via an extension of Johanna Boulevard, near Eggmolesse Street, were completed in March 2023.

Design and enabling works will continue this year ahead of major construction in 2024.

The new Bundaberg Hospital is expected to be completed in the second half of 2027, weather and construction conditions permitting.

The Palaszczuk Government has now awarded more than $8 billion in hospital tenders to deliver over 1,570 extra hospital beds, including:

  • BESIX Watpac to deliver the $710 million Ipswich Hospital Stage 2 Expansion, delivering an additional 200 beds
  • Built QLD to deliver the $465 million QEII Jubilee Hospital Expansion, delivering an 112 additional beds
  • John Holland to deliver the $530 million Logan Hospital Stage 2 Expansion project, delivering an additional 112 beds.
  • John Holland to deliver the $350 million Princess Alexandra Hospital Expansion, delivering an additional 249 beds.
  • Hansen Yuncken to deliver the $250 million Cairns Hospital Expansion project delivering an additional 96 beds.
  • BESIX Watpac to deliver the $250 million Mackay Base Hospital Expansion, delivering an additional 128 beds.
  • BESIX Watpac to deliver the $530 million Townsville University Hospital Expansion, delivering an additional 143 beds.
  • John Holland to deliver Stage 1 of the $1.3 billion new Toowoomba Hospital, delivering an additional 118 beds.
  • Hutchinson Builders to deliver the $360 million Prince Charles Hospital Expansion, delivering 93 extra beds.
  • Multiplex Constructions to deliver the $1.148 billion Redcliffe Hospital expansion, delivering 204 extra beds.
  • Multiplex Constructions to deliver the $1.3 billion new Coomera Hospital, delivering 404 extra beds.

Quotes attributable to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk:

“This is big news for Bundy and the thousands of families who call this region home.

“Our government is delivering on our commitment to provide Queenslanders right around the state with better healthcare, closer to home.

“This new hospital will expand capacity in the Wide Bay Region while improving the availability of surgical, paediatric and mental health facilities for those who need it.

“But this investment isn’t just about bricks and mortar – it’s about creating more frontline nurse, doctor and allied health jobs for those who live and work in the region, while providing the care Queenslanders need.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith:

“Today is another landmark announcement in the construction of the Wide Bay’s largest ever health infrastructure project.

“Putting a name to the company tasked with building this $1.2 billion commitment, puts to bed any doubt that we would deliver on our election promise to build Bundaberg’s brand-new Hospital.

“When completed, the new hospital will not only provide the highest quality of healthcare with additional services and strengthened university partnerships, it will also be one of the largest sites for creation of jobs and employment for Bundy locals.

“This announcement demonstrates that only the Palaszczuk Labor Government can be trusted when it comes to the delivery of world-class healthcare in Queensland.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Mental Health, Health and Ambulance Services, and Minster for Women, Shannon Fentiman:

“Right now, we are delivering the biggest program dedicated to new hospitals and new beds in Queensland’s history through our Health and Hospitals Plan.

“The Palaszczuk Government’s $1.2 billion investment in the new Bundaberg Hospital is the largest health investment the Wide Bay region has ever seen.

“As the health needs of the Wide Bay community evolve at a rapid pace, this new hospital will ensure we can continue to provide the care they need now and into the future.

“Importantly, 121 new beds at the new Bundaberg Hospital means more people can receive care closer to home.

“CPB Contractors will partner across Queensland’s health system to bring the new Bundaberg Hospital to life through innovative and modern designs based on the principles of people, place, value and technology.

“Construction of the new Bundaberg Hospital will create more than 2,880 jobs providing a massive boost to the local economy.

“This new hospital will be designed to maintain flexibility, meaning spaces can be repurposed in the future to meet the changing healthcare needs of the community.”

Quotes attributable to Wide Bay Health and Hospital Service Chief Executive, Deborah Carroll:

“The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board and Service are thrilled to reach this important major milestone.

“This landmark project will transform Bundaberg and our surrounding communities, providing more beds and treatment spaces and enabling more people to receive more high-quality healthcare services closer to home.

“Our enthusiastic WBHHS staff – both clinical and non-clinical – are looking forward to working with CPB Contractors to progress this game changing project.”

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