Mayor Mark Jamieson said he was determined to ensure as many Coast-based tradespeople as possible would be aware of what was being sought over the life of the University Hospital project.
“The hospital is a $2.03 billion project to construct a 450-bed hospital at Kawana by 2016 later expanding to 738 beds by 2021,” he said.
“This project – along with others such as the Maroochydore city centre and airport expansion – will be a major boost to the Sunshine Coast economy and council wants to ensure local businesses are well-positioned to tender for the work as it becomes available.
“Businesses will need to have the appropriate management systems and qualifications in place to be considered for these projects.
“So we will be conducting a series of information sessions on these requirements and how council can assist businesses to be well placed to be considered when tendering for hospital related work.
“We will also have a representative from Lend Lease at these sessions to provide an overview of the University Hospital project and key timelines,” he said.
Cr Jamieson said the purpose of the sessions was to provide attendees with information on the delivery of the project and importantly, what our local businesses and tradespeople need to do to place themselves in contention to win work.
“Obviously, there are no guarantees, but any business – no matter what their current size, structure or capacity – which is interested in knowing more about construction of the hospital as well as the ongoing maintenance of the hospital, should attend.
“At the end of the sessions they will have a ‘where-to-from-here’ checklist that will include information about future sessions relating to things like how to form potential joint venture partnerships and up-skilling businesses to obtain the necessary quality management systems.”
Information sessions schedule:
- Monday 13 August – Big Pineapple Function Centre
- Tuesday 14 August – Lake Kawana Community Centre
- Thursday 16 August – Beerwah Community Centre
- Monday, 20 August – Australis Noosa Lakes Resort, Tewantin
To register your attendance, visit the council website (www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au) and click on the “new hospital:” link