A brand new emergency care health clinic and day hospital will be built on Bribie Island following approval from Moreton Bay Regional Council last week.
Mayor Peter Flannery said Council had agreed to defer development charges for the private developer, so that construction could start sooner rather than later.
“This is a practical way for us to get tradies on the tools in Bribie to unlock ongoing employment opportunities at the medical centre across a range of fields from dentistry and radiography, through to reception, cleaning and even retail,” he said.
“The development application provides for specialist consultant rooms, office spaces and a 335sq m central plaza with food and drink outlets on the ground floor.
“It complements the Labor Government’s $265 million announcement yesterday that if re-elected they’ll build three satellite hospitals here in Moreton Bay Region - in Petrie, Caboolture and one dedicated specifically for Bribie Island.”
The Vaid Family Trust, comprising husband-wife duo Arti and Raahul from GP clinic Bribie Doctors, have been working closely with Council since 28 May 2019 to ensure the service and scale of the development would be a suitable fit for the island.
Dr Raahul Vaid said it would be built at Lot 8 Bongaree Avenue, close to the bus interchange for accessibility and behind the Bribie Island Shopping Centre for convenience.
Councillor Brooke Savige (Div 1) said it was important for island residents to be able to access health services as close to home as possible.
“It means locals won’t have to go all the way to Caboolture, they’ll be able to receive health services in a more convenient setting close to home and family,” she said.
“The need for greater investment in health services and infrastructure on Bribie Island is absolutely clear.
“It’s reassuring to know our health system will continue to meet the growing demand for services and take pressure off nearby major hospitals.”
The application was subject to Code Assessment, so no formal public notification was required. However Council received significant community support in the form of a petition (almost 499 signatories) which noted: “This is a long awaited requirement for the Bribie Island community, an Emergency Care Clinic and Day Hospital would benefit so many in the community”.
For further detail on the plans of the approved hospital development, visit: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Building-Development/Application-Tracking
Ground level Medical Retail - 1,370m2 Gross Floor Area
Level 1 Hospital - 1921m2 GFA
Level 2 & 3 - 78 aged care units, communal facilities, rooftop park and community garden
Level 4 Day Care - 592m2 GFA plus roof top play space.
100 undercover car parking spaces
Bike parking and end of trip facilities