With the temperatures continuing to soar well into autumn, the State Government’s announcement of $600,000 for air-conditioning upgrades in Barcaldine hospital is welcome news.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick, says upgrading critical health infrastructure across the state is a priority.
“At Barcaldine, we are investing $600,000 into the local Multipurpose Health Service to upgrade air-conditioning machinery,” Mr Dick said.
“In a climate such as Barcaldine, air-conditioning is an absolute necessity to cope with local temperatures.”
The upgrade is set to begin as soon as possible.
“Tenders for the works will be called midyear and the works are expected to be completed early 2017,” he said.
$30million worth of health-related projects have been commissioned across western Queensland.
Last year $17.5 million was announced for upgrading the Alpha Hospital and Co-located Emergency Services Facility with completion due mid-year.
Around $8.5 million has also been assigned to major infrastructure upgrades at Longreach Hospital and a new dental clinic at Barcaldine MPHS, due to be completed in early 2017.
The construction of a new $3.5 million primary health centre at Aramac will also be completed before the end of the year.