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Artist impressions released for Cairns South Health Facility

Saturday 8 June 2019

Cairns South

Construction of the Cairns South Health Facility is a step closer, with the release of artist impressions for this unique dual-purpose health centre as part of the detailed design process.

“Today, we offer a first look at the high-level designs for this unique facility, to be located at Edmonton,” Speaker of Queensland Parliament and Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt said.

“I've being pushing for the further development of health facilities in the growing Southern Corridor of Cairns since I was elected, so I'm thrilled this $25 million investment at Walker Road will deliver the sort of outcomes our growing community needs,” he said.

“The health centre building will feature protective mesh across windows and cyclone-rated shutters at the front door, and will be able to operate off the grid for 48 hours, with ample water storage, a generator for back-up power supply and extra water for fire suppression.”

“In disaster mode, the Cairns South Health Facility will provide emergency bays, an operating theatre, birthing and procedure spaces, ambulance bays and a new helipad.”

“During day-to-day use, the facility will provide a renal dialysis satellite service, respiratory medicine, group education spaces and consultation rooms for community health services such as maternal and child health and mental health,” Mr Pitt said.

“The site has been selected because of its strategic location; it is outside the critical flood zone, it is within close proximity to a cyclone shelter and is central to the rapidly growing population of the southern Cairns area.”

The Chief Executive of the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service, Clare Douglas, said a team of health facility planners, disaster manager specialists, architects and Health Service representatives have contributed to the design and plan of the facility.
“The building, designed by Peddle Thorp architects, will be rated to withstand a category five cyclone, so it can deliver emergency treatment if the Cairns Hospital has to be evacuated prior to a natural disaster,” she said.

“The facility will deliver day to day community health services for residents in the city’s southern corridor, with the capacity to quickly transform into an interim emergency centre if required in the event of a cyclone.”

The Cairns South Health Facility is 1650 square metres and will be located opposite the Police Citizens Youth Club in Edmonton, which is also a designated cyclone shelter.

Tenders for the project will be called mid-2019, with construction to commence later this year.
The Cairns South Health Facility is funded as part the Queensland Government’s $230 million Advancing Queensland’s Health Infrastructure Program.

For more information about the project, visit http://www.health.qld.gov.au/cairns_hinterland/south.
Media contact: Suellen Hinde 4226 3243 or 0402 053 096 suellen.hinde@health.qld.gov.au

Last updated: 8 June 2019