Posted on 22. Sep, 2010 in Clayton Update

Building works on the Brumby Labor Government’s Stage 2 redevelopment of the Kingston Centre are on track for completion next year.
Visiting the site in Cheltenham today, Health Minister Daniel Andrews inspected construction on the project that will boost access to vital sub acute hospital beds and rehabilitation services for older people in Melbourne’s south east.

He was joined by Member for Bentleigh Rob Hudson, Member for Clayton Hong Lim and Member for Mordialloc Janice Munt.
“Our Government is taking action to give Victorians a better health system by building new hospitals and hiring more doctors and nurses,” Mr Andrews said.

“We are funding this expansion so that more senior Victorians in Melbourne’s south east can access the very best health care, close to where they live.

“The redevelopment is progressing well and works completed so far include pouring of footings and forming for the main building columns, road works, car parking and signage.’’

Mr Andrews said the Brumby Labor Government had allocated $45 million to Stage 2 of the Kingston Centre redevelopment in Cheltenham.

“The redevelopment will establish a 64 bed sub acute ward, a new hydrotherapy pool and new facilities for rehabilitation services,” he said.

“This project will significantly enhance sub-acute bed-based care as well as increasing opportunities to identify and promote alternatives to hospital care.”

Member for Clayton Hong Lim said the redevelopment would boost services for older people in the community by providing an additional 32,000 occasions of service per year.

“It will provide improved access to hydrotherapy and community rehabilitation services for people in the local community,” Mr Lim said.

“This exciting Kingston Centre redevelopment is an excellent example of our Government’s commitment to improve access to health care for older people in Melbourne’s south east.”

The redevelopment is expected to finish in December 2011. About 170 construction jobs have been created by the project.

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