Construction workers raise $100,000 for charity
Major Projects Minister Peter Batchelor today joined more than 500 construction workers at the site of the Austin Health redevelopment and Mercy Hospital for Women relocation (AR/M) project to oversee the handover of a $100,000 cheque to charity. Construction workers from Baulderstone Hornibrook have been donating a ‘gold coin’ to park on site throughout the life of the project. The $100,000 raised will be shared equally by the Austin Hospital, Mercy Hospital and the Heidelberg RSL. Mr Batchelor commended the generosity of the construction workers. “This is outstanding generosity that will have a really positive impact on the local community,” Mr Batchelor said. The money was raised by workers from the Communications Electrical & Plumbing Union, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, the Electrical Trades Union and the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemens Association. The Heidelberg RSL will use its share of the workers’ donation to restore the Heidelberg Cenotaph Memorial, on the corner of Studley Road and Burgundy Street, while the Austin Hospital will contribute its share its Olivia Newton-John Cancer Centre. The Mercy Hospital will buy a paediatric x-ray machine for its neo-natal intensive care unit. The $376 million AR/M project includes the relocation of the Mercy Hospital for Women and the redevelopment of Austin Health. The project brings together two of Victoria’s finest public hospitals on one site, providing an improved and expanded range of acute and specialist health services. Mr Batchelor said the project was Victoria’s largest ever public hospital redevelopment and a key achievement for the major projects portfolio. Health Minister, Bronwyn Pike said Victoria’s major projects are providing Victorians with access to world-class transport, research, arts and health facilities. “The AR/M Project is a major component of the $10 billion worth of major projects currently being delivered across Victoria.” Ms Pike said. The new Austin Hospital will include:· more than 400 adult beds;· a new emergency department;· new intensive care and critical care units;· two additional operating theatres; and· an expanded day surgery and procedures department. At the Mercy Hospital for Women there will be:· 106 inpatient beds;· 17 delivery rooms;· 4 operating theatres;· 62 neonatal intensive care unit cots;· 20 outpatient suites; and· specialty women’s health services. The new Mercy Hospital for Women will have the capacity to deliver more than 6000 babies and conduct more than 6300 surgical procedures each year. “This important project will continue Victoria’s proud track record of providing world-class facilities within the public health care system,” Ms Pike said. “The two new hospitals will greatly improve health services in the north-eastern suburbs and help realise the Bracks Government’s vision of providing all Victorians with high-quality, accessible health and community services. “Shared infrastructure and facilities means a wider range of improved services for patients.” The Austin is one of Victoria’s largest tertiary hospitals, with strong academic and teaching links and a strong research agenda. Five of Australia’s leading research institutes are located at the Austin. It is also a state-wide provider of liver transplant and spinal services and leader in the treatment, research and training of cancer care. The first patients will be admitted to the new hospitals in mid-2005.