West Gippsland Hospital

Background

Located in Warragul, the West Gippsland Hospital services the people of West Gippsland. Baw Baw is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria and the existing infrastructure of the West Gippsland Hospital is struggling to keep up with the demand and growth of our region.

Situation Analysis

In 2007, the West Gippsland Hospital Group acquired 23.6 hectares of land in Drouin East as a site for a new hospital. This was in recognition of the deteriorating condition of the current hospital and lack of capacity to meet the growing demand.

As opposed to developing the existing site, the development of the already-acquired greenfield site:

  • is strongly supported by the community (based on consultation conducted in 2014);
  • has a locational advantage of being positioned between Warragul and Drouin with excellent access;
  • aligns with Baw Baw Shire’s Precinct Structure plan as the preferred site of the new hospital; and
  • can be built in single stage in less than half the time (approximately 4 years to complete in comparison to approximately 10 years on the existing site) without disruptions to existing services.

What is Needed?

The State Government to commit funding towards the construction of a new hospital for West Gippsland.

Cost

$500m