The Victorian Government is on the lookout for the builders that will turn the new Goulburn Valley Health hospital in Shepparton into a reality.
Health Minister Jill Hennessy opened the expressions of interest yesterday for the $168.5million project that will deliver more beds, operating theatres and a larger emergency department to the hospital.
‘‘More patients in Shepparton and beyond will be able to get the emergency care and surgeries they need quicker and enjoy better health outcomes,’’ Ms Hennessy said.
The upgrade was announced in April by Premier Daniel Andrews and was scheduled to be completed in late 2020.
GV Health redevelopment director Sandy Chamberlin said that after months of pre-planning, it was finally time to go to the next stage of the build.
‘‘We are requesting suitable tier 1 and tier 2 builders for the project,’’ Ms Chamberlin said.
‘‘It has taken a long time to get to this, it has been a long design phase.’’
Because there were no tier 1 or tier 2 builders in the Goulburn Valley, the builders would most likely be a large capital city based company that could take on the large-scale project.
She said after expressions of interest there would be a shortlist, after which a builder would be chosen.
‘‘There will be action on site towards the end of the year,’’ she said.
More than 140 jobs will be created during the construction phase.
GV Health chief executive Trevor Saunders said it put the hospital one step closer towards the long-planned redevelopment.
‘‘We can start to further enhance our services for our community with the enlarged clinical facility, and that will be an enormous step forward for our patients and staff,’’ Mr Saunders said.
Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed, who also sits on the Community Advisory Group for the redevelopment, said it was good to see the hospital project progressing on schedule.
‘‘The Community Advisory Group and key hospital staff have been touring other facilities to see how they have undertaken redevelopment work, including just this year, hospitals at Bendigo and Wagga,’’ she said.
‘‘There is much to be learned from these other sites.’’