Epworth Geelong welcomes Victorian Government Funding

 

Monday 3 June, 2013.

 

 

 

Following the Regional Cabinet sitting in Geelong today, Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, the Hon Peter Ryan MLA announced a contribution of $2.85 million towards the infrastructure development of the new Epworth Geelong site.  


 

Making the announcement at Deakin University’s new REACH building at Waurn Ponds, Mr Ryan said that the Epworth Geelong project — planned in partnership with Deakin — will create a healthier local community and a healthier economy for the people of Geelong.

 

“Epworth Geelong combines a comprehensive acute and rehabilitation private hospital with purpose-designed training and education programs for medical, nursing and allied health students and staff,” Mr Ryan said. 


 

Epworth Geelong covers 10 hectares adjacent to Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus. This land was part of Marcus Oldham College and was previously zoned as agricultural land, which has been rezoned to enable the hospital’s construction. 


 

Epworth HealthCare Group CEO Alan Kinkade welcomed the funding made available by the Victorian government through the Regional Growth Fund. 


 

“We are delighted to receive a funding boost that contributes half the costs of establishing necessary amenities such as a signal-controlled intersection, power, gas, water and sewerage.

 

 

 “We are also proud to support Geelong’s position as a leading university city with our innovative approach to healthcare, teaching and research, in partnership with Deakin University.”


 

“Epworth Geelong will benefit the growing populations of Greater Geelong, Queenscliff, Golden Plains, Surf Coast, and Colac-Otway extending to the South Australian border.” Mr Kinkade said.


 

Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander said the extra funding was very welcome in helping build a state-of–the-art precinct to train tomorrow’s medical professionals.


 

The Epworth Geelong project will bring increased economic benefits to the region, providing more employment opportunities in the order of 780 full time equivalent (FTE) staff following the full commissioning of Stage 1. Construction of the new hospital is estimated to employ 899 FTE direct construction jobs for Stage 1 and Epworth is committed to using local firms, suppliers and contractors where possible for the development.