The Queensland Government is delivering a new hospital to service Bundaberg and the Wide Bay region. The current Bundaberg Hospital is reaching capacity and opportunities to expand healthcare services are limited. The preferred site is state-owned land to the west of Kay McDuff Drive, about five kilometres south of Bundaberg’s CBD.
The hospital will provide 121 addition beds as well as a range of care across medical, surgical, emergency, acute mental health, outpatient and diagnostic fields. It is also proposed that the hsopital have education, training and research facilities.
|Nov 2017||Project Announcement|
|2022||Expected Construction Commencement|
|2022||Expected Construction Completion|
|Nov 2017||The Queensland Government invested $3 million toward the preliminary business case to investigate a new or refurbished hospital.|
|Apr 2019||The Preliminary Business Case was completed.|
|Jun 2019||The Queensland Government announced $6.7 million towards the development of the detailed business case. This will be developed by Building Queensland, in partnership with Queensland Health and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service. It will consider options for staged construction in order to make some services available prior to completion of the entire project. The business case will also examine the size and scope of the hospital's clinical services, road and public transport infrastructure, car-parking, and opportunities to locate associated health business nearby.|
|Aug 2019||The Queensland Government announced the search for a new site for the hospital, calling for interested landowners to come forward and list their properties for consideration.|
|Jul 2020||The Queensland Government announced the preferred site for the hospital is state-owned land to the west of Kay McDuff Drive, about 5km south of Bundaberg’s CBD. The public consultation process for possible sites delivered more than 20 submissions regarding private landholdings.|
|Nov 2020||Public consultation for the proposed hospital design opened and a preliminary concept layout was released.|
|Feb 2021||Concept designs were released and put on public display for two weeks.|
|Jun 2021||In its 2021-22 Budget, the Queensland Government allocated $15 million for the purchase of the preferred site and enable detailed site planning in preparation for the first stage of the project.|
|Jun 2022||The 2022-23 Queensland Budget allocated $9.8 billion over six years toward the Queensland Health Capacity Expansion Program, including funding toward the new Bundaberg Hospital. This included $20 million in FY2022-23 for early works on the project. The Queensland Government also announced the project's total estimated cost as $1.2 billion.|