ON FRIDAY an open day will be held at the site of the South East Regional Hospital (SERH), in order to introduce the future hospital to members of the community.
Construction of the $171.6million hospital began in 2013, with Brookfield Multiplex being awarded the main works contract earlier this year.
Health Infrastructure spokeswoman Gabrielle Martinovich said construction is on track with plans for the hospital to be completed by 2016.
“Construction is still in its early stages,” said Ms Martinovich.
The open day will give members of the community a chance to look at the site and to ask questions about the SERH, as well as being a family fair day with entertainment such as music and stalls.
The aim of the open day is to introduce the community to the project and to get them more involved, Ms Martinovich said.
“It’s really for the community,” she said.
The $171.6million SERH is funded through the Health and Hospitals Fund program – the Federal Government is providing $160.1million and $10million will be provided by the NSW Government along with ongoing staff and operational costs.
An additional $1.474 million has been allocated by the NSW Government for oral health services.
Population growth in the Bega Valley will be catered for by the SERH until 2021, however the hospital has been designed to accommodate future expansion as population growth requires it.
It is estimated 1500 jobs will be generated through the life of the project.
The SERH is located at a greenfield site on Tathra Rd, opposite the entrance to Glen Mia Estate, 1.5km from the Bega CBD.
The SERH open day is on Friday from 2.30-5.30pm at the hospital site, with the official ceremony taking place at 4.30pm.
Brookfield Mulitplex will be taking the names of individuals and companies who express interest in employment opportunities on the project.
Anyone interested in the project or who will benefit from the services provided by SERH is encouraged to attend.
More information can be found at www.serh.org.au.