New $447 million teaching hospital for Geelong a step closer

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Planning Minister Matthew Guy has streamlined the planning process for a new $447 million teaching and research hospital adjacent to Deakin University, located in the major growth corridor of Waurn Ponds.

“The proposed joint venture by Epworth Healthcare and Deakin University is estimated to create 1000 during construction and 1100 ongoing jobs at the hospital teaching campus,” Mr Guy said.

Mr Guy has rezoned 8.8 hectares of land on the Marcus Oldham College at 145 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds and granted a permit for building works.

“A new health precinct in the vicinity of Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds campus will generate substantial benefits to Geelong and the surrounding region,” Member for South Barwon Andrew Katos said.

Mr Guy said this was an important step in the planning process to secure jobs and investment in one of Victoria’s largest growth areas and serving the entire western region.

The proposal is for a six storey building with Stage 1 comprising 160 in-patient beds, nine operating theatres, a cardiac catheter laboratory, emergency department and an intensive care unit. Stage 2 will comprise a further 96 beds, five operating theatres and laboratory.

Mr Guy said extensive community consultation had been carried out to ensure that planning for the development was robust and addressed concerns.

Epworth Healthcare has secured a $5 million grant from the Commonwealth Government to help fund an education facility within the clinical areas of the hospital.

The Minister for Health, Mr David Davis said the Government is committed to delivering on its election commitment to build a community hospital in Waurn Ponds.

“The Government will seek to work in partnership with Deakin University medical school and other local facilities such as the new Epworth facility. Service planning for the new community hospital is currently being undertaken,” Mr Davis said.

“The Baillieu Government is seeking to create a health and medical precinct at Waurn Ponds which includes the University and teaching schools, the Epworth hospital, the community hospital and other public and private participants.”