Opinion

Crane on-site in big step for GV Health redevelopment

By Shepparton News

The arrival of a crane to be used in the next stage of construction in the Goulburn Valley Health redevelopment is another exciting step towards a modern, up-to-date facility.

Yesterday, the crane was brought into the Graham St site and will be used for construction of GV Health’s new five-storey in-patient unit tower.

It signalled another important milestone in the much-needed upgrade of the hospital, which had been a long time coming.

The good news came in April 2016 when Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews visited Shepparton to announce a $168.5million investment for the redevelopment.

That funding pledge catered not only for the tower mentioned above, but for a doubling of the emergency department, along with a suite of other improvements.

For years, the hospital did not receive the support it needed from governments, and local advocates campaigned for our fair share of funding.

It resulted in a facility unable to completely cater for the needs of an ever-growing region.

When the funding arrived, it was welcomed and celebrated by the community.

Now, we are enjoying seeing the progress of the redevelopment.

The structure of the inpatient unit tower is set to be in place by the middle of this year and be fully operational by mid-2021.

It is pleasing to see the continued construction of our hospital, a facility that we can be proud of and one that will serve our region well into the future.