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    JOINT STATEMENT
    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Construction countdown begins for Townsville Hospital children’s ward

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Deputy Premier, Minister for Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Trade and Investment
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Wednesday, October 05, 2016

    Construction countdown begins for Townsville Hospital children’s ward

    Work will soon begin on a $6.6 million expansion and refurbishment of the Townsville Hospital’s children’s ward.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said more sick children in North Queensland would receive the treatment they need in an improved hospital space.

    “Our government is determined to ensure Queenslanders have access to modern, quality health facilities wherever they live, including in North Queensland,” she said.

    “When complete, this project is going to make a huge difference to some of the youngest patients in the Townsville community and their families.

    “There will be a lot of big smiles on little faces.”

    Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said she was delighted was commencing should as it would provide additional beds, amenities for families and play space as well as an economic boost for Townsville.

    “When I announced this funding earlier this year, I got to visit patients and families in the children’s ward to hear first-hand the significant difference this project will make,” she said.

    “The successful tenderer will be announced shortly and we expect workers on site before the end of the month.

    “By the end of next year, Townsville will have an expanded, modern and vibrant children’s ward to provide world-class tertiary care to north Queenslanders.”

    Townsville Hospital and Health Board Chair Tony Mooney said the State Government’s funding commitment would make a huge difference to the north Queensland community.

    “It is fantastic to see the major works program about to begin, particularly one that is going to make a huge difference to the care we can offer sick children,” he said.

    As part of the project:

    • The number of beds will be increased from 23 to 29, including a ward with rooms for one or two patients
    • An annex to house a modern family room, new school and office space for clinical staff
    • A full refurbishment of the existing ward

    The children’s ward will remain operational during the works which is why the project is being completed in two stages. Stage one will see the establishment of the additional beds and construction of the annex. Stage two will see the refurbishment of the existing ward, with the project expected to be completed towards the end of 2017.

    The project is funded from the $180 million Significant Regional Infrastructure Projects Program as part of the $500 million Queensland Government’s State Infrastructure Plan.

    Media contact:  Anna Jabour (Deputy Premier’s office) 0429 890 942