Minister’s Statement

I rise to inform the house on yet another major milestone for the landmark new Footscray Hospital project. Following an extensive global search, the Andrews Labor government has now shortlisted three experienced consortia to build the $1.5 billion project—the single biggest ever hospital project in Victoria’s history. Advance West featuring John Holland, Exemplar Health featuring Lendlease and Plenary Health featuring Multiplex make up the shortlisted consortia announced earlier this month. Following a request for proposal phase a final consortium will be announced next year, and work is set to begin on the corner of Geelong and Ballarat roads later in 2020. With its doors set to open in 2025, the new Footscray Hospital will feature 504 beds and replace the current hospital, that was built back in the 1950s. The bigger and better hospital will cut waiting times and allow almost 15 000 additional patients to be treated and almost 20 000 additional patients to be seen at the emergency department each year. It also means up to 17 000 local residents will be able to get the world-class treatment and care that they need closer to home, without having to visit hospitals in our CBD. This hospital will give Footscray’s hardworking nurses and doctors state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to do what they do best, and that is to provide world-class care to local families who need their help. The project will also deliver 2000 jobs during the construction and operating phases of the new hospital. It is just one of the projects funded as part of the Labor government’s massive $3.8 billion pipeline of hospital projects to ensure patients get the very best care when they need it most. Since coming into office we have committed $7 billion in health infrastructure across Victoria, making this the biggest health build program in Victoria’s history.