The Northern Territory Government has released the design tender for Jabiru’s new health centre, which aims to provide the West Arnhem Region with access to enhanced health care services.
The tender, funded through a $135.5 million dollar commitment, is part of an effort to transform the mining town into a vibrant tourism hub in the heart of Kakadu National Park.
Once operational, the health centre will provide residents with greater access to medical support in a centralised location.
Its design will include an ambulance bay, consult and treatment rooms, as well as space for dental and hearing care and x-rays to be carried out.
Utility rooms and amenities for staff and patients will also be featured in the design.
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In addition, the design will feature a morgue and a four-chair renal unit, with the latter expanding renal dialysis services for patients into the West Arnhem Region.
NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles said the centre will also cut down travel time.
“We know now, more than ever before, how important it is to have the very best health care available to Territorians,” she said.
“This infrastructure is critical when it comes to transforming the town into the vibrant tourism hub we know it will be.
“Jabiru has the potential to be a real magnet for visitors – we want as many people as possible to know it’s there, and better yet, we want as many people as possible to travel to the Territory and experience it for themselves.”
Member for Arafura Lawrence Costa said the health centre will make a big difference to the people of Jabiru and the West Arnhem Region.
“We know how important it is to have the very best health care accessible to Territorians, whether they live in the bush, or in the city,” Costa said.
“Keeping Territorians safe throughout the pandemic has been the priority for this Government, and we will keep doing whatever it takes.”
The design tender will close on 27 January, with the finalised design to be completed by 30 June.