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Bundaberg Hospital Redevelopment Project

Bundaberg Hospital Redevelopment Project

Project information

In mid-2019, the Queensland Government announced $6.7 million to develop a detailed business case to investigate the delivery a brand new, state-of-the-art public hospital on a greenfield site in Bundaberg.

On 29 July 2020, the Premier announced the preferred site for a new hospital, enabling the next stages of analysis in the business case to take place.



Bundaberg Hospital has operated from its current site since 1914 and, while it has served the region well since this time, it is close to capacity and opportunities to expand healthcare services are limited.

Our region’s population is both growing and ageing, meaning more people with more complex health conditions will be relying on our health system. The hospital’s infrastructure is also ageing and does not support the delivery of contemporary models of care. Furthermore, the hospital site is affected by flooding.

In time, these pressures will place significant strain on our critical services, so it is imperative that we plan early to strengthen our public healthcare system, to ensure it can adequately accommodate the changing and growing healthcare needs of our local communities.

In November 2017, the Queensland Government invested $3 million toward a preliminary business case to investigate a new or refurbished hospital. Completed in April 2019, it recommended that a new hospital on a new site would best meet the future health needs of the region. The preliminary business case was approved June 2019, with funding granted to move to the next stage in the process – the detailed business case.

The detailed business case involves identifying a preferred site for a new hospital and providing a greater level of analysis to help the State Government make informed decisions about the hospital’s future design, staging and funding.

Building Queensland is leading the preparation of the detailed business case, in partnership with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service and Queensland Health. The detailed business case is expected to be presented to the Queensland Government in 2021 for consideration.


  • Future-proofing our public healthcare system to meet the needs of the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, North Burnett and broader Wide Bay Burnett communities
  • New and expanded healthcare services, delivered closer to home
  • Contemporary healthcare models that better meet the changing and growing needs of our communities
  • A more sustainable and tranquil environment that is culturally appropriate and promotes health and wellbeing
  • Advanced technology that provides a seamless patient journey through the health system
  • An enviable workplace that encourages our experienced and talented health professionals to stay and attracts new talent to our team
  • A boost to the local economy through the provision of jobs

The process

The detailed business case process involves:

Selecting a site
An Expression of Interest process to see if, in addition to state-owned land, there are any suitable privately owned or local government-owned land options

Developing a detailed masterplan
Including facility size and design, supporting services and infrastructure needs, hospital access, car parking and cost analysis

Workforce planning
Continuing to plan for the significant growth in a broad range of health roles and support services

Community and stakeholder engagement
Involving clinicians, private partners, government and non‑government agencies, consumers and community members.


Community information

Community engagement

We’re committed to keeping you informed as we progress further through the detailed business case for a new hospital in Bundaberg.

In an effort to provide you with as much information as possible, we have developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions that relate to each stage of the project so far. Click on the links below to see each FAQ.

If you have further feedback or suggestions for any aspect of the project, we encourage you to email them to the project team at

Frequently asked questions

Business case process

Preliminary business case

What did the preliminary business case investigate?

The preliminary business case, completed in April 2019, considered redeveloping the existing Bundaberg Hospital site and a greenfield development on a new site. The Queensland Government decided that the preferred development option is a greenfield site.


Detailed business case

Why is a detailed business case necessary?

The detailed business case builds on the analysis undertaken as part of the preliminary business case and provides a more comprehensive analysis of the preferred option, including social, economic, sustainability and financial impacts.

As well as selecting a preferred site, the detailed business case will consider options to stage the construction to enable some services to be brought online earlier.

In addition, the detailed business case sets up the commercial and management arrangements for the successful procurement and delivery of the project.

Extensive work on the hospital design for clinical areas will also be completed as part of the detailed business case.


Why is Building Queensland involved?

Detailed business cases for the state’s major infrastructure projects with an estimated capital cost over $100 million are led by Building Queensland.

Building Queensland is a statutory body providing the Queensland Government with independent expert advice on major infrastructure.

Building Queensland is leading the preparation of the detailed business case in partnership with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service and Queensland Health.

For further information on the Building Queensland Business Case process, please visit:


When will the detailed business case be completed and what happens next?

The detailed business case is expected to be presented to the Queensland Government in 2021 for consideration. The business case will help the state government make informed decisions about the hospital’s future design, staging and funding.

Delivery of the new hospital

How will the project be funded?

Delivery model analysis is a key component of the detailed business case. The selection of the preferred delivery model will take into consideration risk, operational impacts, environmental requirements and value for money.


How many beds will the new hospital have?

Potential bed numbers will be analysed as part of the detailed business case, including staging the construction so some services could be brought online before the project is completed.


What happens during schematic design?

Once the concept design is complete, schematic design allows for significant involvement from doctors, nurses and users of the health facility to ensure the proposed hospital delivers state-of-the-art health care.


Use of local contractors?

The capacity of the local market to deliver the construction will be part of the analysis and opportunities will be explored to give local contractors the best opportunity to win work, when and if the project is funded by the State Government.


How many jobs?

A new hospital will provide substantial economic benefits for the local area through the creation of new health and construction-related jobs.


How much will the hospital cost?

This will be reviewed in detail as part of the detailed business case.


When will the hospital be built?

The detailed business case is expected to be presented to the Queensland Government in 2021 for consideration. The business case will help the government make informed decisions about the hospital’s future design, staging and funding.


What will happen with the old hospital?

This will be reviewed in detail as part of the detailed business case, including staging options.

Site selection

Where would the new hospital be located?

The preferred site is state-owned land to the west of Kay McDuff Drive, about 5km south of Bundaberg’s central business district.

Preferred site


What are the benefits of the preferred site?

Key features and benefits of the preferred site include:

  • Size – It’s about 60 hectares in area, which will provide opportunities for future growth and expansion as needed.
  • Flood protection – It’s on higher ground, and accessible during flooding.
  • Accessibility – It’s close to several key roads, providing opportunities for multiple access points.
  • Natural attributes – It’s large and relatively flat, providing the opportunity to develop a health and education precinct over time, and also offers a natural environment that is peaceful and open, promoting healing and recovery.
  • Access – The site is suitable for helicopter access, close to the airport and new Aeromedical Base, and close to the emergency services complex on Wyllie Street as well as education providers.
  • Convenience – Due to its proximity to major roads, the site is well located for patients, carers and families from across the Wide Bay Burnett region who are travelling to access specialist health services in Bundaberg.

How was the site chosen and how many other sites were considered?

Extensive investigations have been undertaken to identify and review suitable sites in and around Bundaberg for a hospital that meets the long-term needs of our Wide Bay and broader Wide Bay Burnett regional communities.

The comprehensive evaluation process considered more than 40 sites, including more than 20 privately-owned sites put forward through a publicly advertised expression of interest process.

A multidisciplinary team of technical experts identified the site as being the most suitable, after assessing it against criteria vital to developing and future-proofing a new hospital. Considerations included:

  • a range of technical criteria to ensure the hospital would be able to deliver on its core purpose
  • providing sufficient space for flexibility to respond to anticipated future growth
  • providing space that would allow for opportunities to collaborate to increase economic, community and social value by co-locating with other services, including education and research
  • addressing flood protection issues experienced at the current Bundaberg Hospital site and throughout much of the Bundaberg region
  • accessibility and proximity to the existing road network
  • impact on surrounding residents and services
  • accessibility to public transport and active transport options for patients, families, staff and volunteers.

Is the site close to emergency services?

Yes. The site is central to the emergency services complex on Wyllie Street, the Queensland Ambulance Station on Bourbong Street and the new Aeromedical Base at the airport, which are all within about 5km.


Is the site affected by flooding?

One of the key criteria for the new hospital site was that it had to be at or above a 0.2% annual exceedance probability (AEP). The AEP is the standard way to describe flood likelihood in Queensland and provides a percentage chance that a flood of a given size or larger will occur in any given year. A flood with a 0.2% AEP has a one in 500 chance of being exceeded in any given year.


Does the site allow for safe helicopter access?

Investigations to date have identified that the site is suitable for helicopter takeoff and landings.

The project team will be engaging with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Bundaberg Regional Council regarding flight path and helicopter operations to further inform the business case.


Does the site allow for future expansion when needed?

Yes. Having a site of around 60 hectares in size provides us with the flexibility needed to accommodate future growth and expansion. It also provides space to allow for opportunities to collaborate to increase economic, community and social value by co-locating with other services, including education and research.


What consultation has occurred so far regarding site selection?

Consultation with senior technical representatives from several organisations was undertaken as part of the site selection evaluation process and due diligence investigations. The project team will be continuing those discussions as it progresses further through planning and design activities for the business case.


Have impacts to nearby properties and businesses been considered?

Investigations suggest that adjacent developments will be minimally impacted by the proposed hospital development, although we acknowledge there may be disruptions during a future construction phase. We would consult and work with surrounding properties and businesses to ensure any impacts are minimised.


Will the business case consider road and utility infrastructure connections?

Yes. To help understand the impacts of the hospital project, the project team is engaging with a variety of service providers, including the local council, to identify what supporting infrastructure works are likely to be required and associated costs.

Engagement will focus on campus roads and car parking, external road upgrades and connections, utility connections (such as electricity, water, drainage sewerage and telecommunications), and other site infrastructure. These works will be factored into the potential capital cost and help to inform the detailed business case.


Has the provision of public and active transport been considered?

Yes. Public passenger transport and active transport (such as cycling or walking) options are being considered as part of the detailed business case. We recognise that their integration to the hospital site will be a community priority. Providing accessible, safe, efficient and attractive travel alternatives to private motor vehicles is a high priority for the project team and we intend to explore these opportunities further with relevant parties.


What approach is there on environmental management and cultural heritage?

We’ll be completing an environmental assessment report as part of the project and are committed to maintaining the site’s character and surrounds through the natural environment.

We’ll also be engaging with the local cultural heritage party regarding a potential archaeological survey to inform the development of a cultural heritage management plan to support the project.


What about sustainability?

The project’s principal consultant is exploring a range of environmentally sustainable initiatives.

Some initiatives include maximising access to natural daylight and ventilation, the use of innovative building features, sustainable materials and passive solar techniques. The design will also take into account energy use, long-term carbon sequestration and integrating green spaces throughout the precinct.


The site is near an industrial area – will this have any impacts?

The site has been selected with consideration to surrounding land uses.

Investigations to date indicate that given the distance between the site and surrounding industrial activities, anticipated impacts will be negligible. Our architects are developing a master plan that proposes to incorporate vegetation buffers that will address impacts such as air, light and noise.

The site’s masterplan and the hospital design will take the surrounding users into account to ensure, as much as possible, that the hospital does not encroach on its neighbouring users.


Does the site allow for safe access to adequate parking? Will we have to pay?

Car parking is fundamental to any hospital design and it played an important part in determining the preferred site.

The large site will allow for ground level and/or multi-storey parking options to support the new hospital. Parking will be examined as a separate project but will closely align with the redevelopment.

We recognise the challenges our patients, carers, visitors and hospital staff face with the limited parking at the existing hospital, so providing safe, accessible, sufficient and affordable parking is a high priority.


Is the site an environmental reserve and will there be tree clearing?

The site is owned by the Queensland Government and is currently held as an environmental reserve. All environmental legislation will be complied with in planning for this essential infrastructure, including state and federal legislation relating to tree clearing.

Given the scale of the site, the design team is working to incorporate as much of the existing tree coverage into the design as possible to create a natural healing environment for patients of the new hospital.


Will there be direct access to the site from the Bundaberg Ring Road given it is a designated limited access road?

The detailed business case will consider the most appropriate access solutions to the surrounding road network to ensure we make the most of the site’s strategic location and accessibility for staff, patients and visitors.


Where to from here?

Now that we have a preferred site, the project team will continue its ongoing discussions with stakeholders about internal and external road upgrades and connections, service utilities, emergency service access, public transport and other supporting infrastructure requirements and costs.

The detailed business case will provide a greater level of analysis to help the State Government make informed decisions about the hospital’s future design, staging and funding.

We’re also committed to keeping our local regional communities informed as we progress this important project.


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Last updated: 29 July 2020