Raysett Constructions director Steven Beshara, Heathcote Health board member Wayne McKay and Heathcote Primary Health director Dr Adel Asaid turned the first sod at Heathcote Health on Friday.BARBARA SUNGAILA July 16, 2014 3:11am
The Heathcote Health Primary Care redevelopment has officially started.
Heathcote Health board member Wayne McKay said it was a special day for Heathcote.
The official turning of the first sod was on Friday morning, although workers have been onsite for almost two weeks.
‘‘It represents the start of a redevelopment that will be of considerable benefit to the Heathcote and surrounding communities both now and into the future,’’ he said.
The $2.9 million Commonwealth-funded redevelopment involved the removal of the existing maintenance and storage facilities to allow for the construction of a new primary health facility as well as the refurbishment of a number of existing rooms.
‘‘With the maintenance shed having been demolished and the site being clear, Heathcote Health felt it was important to involve the community in the launch as the facility that is being built will be of great benefit of the local community,’’ he said.
Mr McKay said the new facilities would provide modern facilities for Heathcote Primary Health and other health providers operating out of Heathcote Health, as well as attracting more health services to the local area.
‘‘Heathcote Health has been working hard in recent years toward this redevelopment and it is very pleasing for the day to actually arrive and for the redevelopment to formally commence,’’ Mr McKay said.
The work is being competed by Romsey-based Raysett Constructions.
Raysett Constructions director Steven Beshara said the company had worked with Heathcote Health previously and were looking forward this project.
‘‘It’s great to see local trades doing the work, not just companies from Melbourne as is often the case,’’ he said.
The redevelopment is on track to be completed by May 2015.
Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters also said it was great to see construction begin.
‘‘I’m proud and excited for the Heathcote community and Heathcote health for getting on with building this project,’’ she said.
‘‘The money was allocated in the last budget of the former federal Labor Government — $2.9 million to build this very important health facility.
‘‘I know that other hospitals in the region that have also received funding the year before, and the year before that — they’re still either at the planning stage or just done the sod turning.
‘‘We’re here today seeing the progress in the work.’’
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