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Contract won to build health student accommodation

The Queensland Government has awarded the building contract for a new $5.95 million health student accommodation project.

Woolam Constructions won the contract and will begin construction works in August.

The accommodation will feature 20 bedrooms, communal facilities and recreation areas. It aims to assist the South West Hospital and Health Service attract and retain staff in the region.

The precinct will be built in Economic Development Queensland’s Clearview Rise residential estate, near the new $70 million Roma Hospital.

State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Minister Cameron Dick said the precinct will set a new benchmark in regional student accommodation standards across Queensland.

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“The build will create 15 new jobs for the town, which is great news for local subbies,” he said.

“Woollam Constructions will use many Roma-based suppliers, subcontractors and design consultants to deliver this landmark project for the region.

“The company have a proud history that stretches back to 1884, and this project will add to the long list of regional projects Woollam have created for Queenslanders.”

Dick said the accommodation would create a sense of community for health students, many of whom would be living away from home for the first time.

“The precinct will have a positive and significant impact on this community, providing a boost to economic activity through construction, improved health services in the region, better social connections, and improved learning opportunities,” he said.

Woollam Constructions Managing Director Craig Percival said the company was thrilled to see the precinct coming to fruition and the economic flow on it would have for the region.

“Woollam is a regional builder and one thing Woollam strives for in all our projects is maximising opportunities for the communities where we work,” Percival said.

“The Woollam story is entwined with some of Queensland’s iconic landmarks, including the Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach, the Breakfast Creek Hotel in Brisbane and the Australian Age of Dinosaurs in Winton.

“As one of Australia’s oldest building companies, our portfolio covers the design, construction and servicing of aged care communities, hospitals, schools, airports, and community infrastructure across the state.”

The first intake of students is anticipated to take up residency by mid-2021.

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