Development application and contract awarded for new Cobar health service

Gordon Hill Chair of Cobar Health, Karen Manns Health Service Manager, Mary Urquhart General manager Northern Sector, Andrew Schier Nationals Candidate for Barwon and Kevin Humphries Member for Barwon. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
Gordon Hill Chair of Cobar Health, Karen Manns Health Service Manager, Mary Urquhart General manager Northern Sector, Andrew Schier Nationals Candidate for Barwon and Kevin Humphries Member for Barwon. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

The development application for the new Cobar Health Service has been approved and the contract for the construction works for the project have been approved.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries was in Cobar to announce that Hutchinson Builders would be the new contractors for the project, and said with these two milestones now achieved early construction activities are expected to begin by October.

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“Given the size of this project and the staging required to work in with and continue to deliver the existing health services, the project is expected to be completed in early 2020,” Mr Humphries said.

“The Cobar Health Service redevelopment project includes constructing a new Health Service, co-located with the existing Lilliane Brady Village which provides residential aged care,” he said.

The scope for the project includes:

  • Inpatient services
  • Emergency services
  • Community Health services
  • Staff accommodation
  • Additional ten residential aged care rooms and light refurbishment of the Lilliane Brady Village

The project will provide a total of ten acute/subacute beds, including respite and palliative care that can be used flexibly.

“A key feature of the project is the co-location of the health services and the residential aged care services in connected buildings,” Mr Humphries said.

“This co-location will provide benefits for staff, residents, and patients by providing greater capacity to meet the increasing demand for residential aged care services in a home-like environment, and delivering a range of health care services in a purpose-built facility,” he concluded.

The redevelopment project is part of a $300 million program of works to upgrade existing or build new Multipurpose Service facilities at a number of rural and remote communities throughout NSW.