Residents of Roma and surrounds can rest easier knowing the future of healthcare in the region is secure. Roma Hospital is set to be rebuilt, with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk MP committing $70 million to the project.
Maranoa Mayor Councillor Robert Loughnan said the funding would provide for a completely modern facility, with the potential to attract and retain doctors and health professionals in southwest Queensland.
Loughnan said he initially believed a complete rebuild would cost between $60 million and $80 million, and so feels the figure announced by the Premier would accommodate this.
“For the Minister for Health to recommend funding a project of this magnitude to replace an ageing facility is a great gesture and one that will be appreciated by all of our residents and by the broader population of southwest Queensland.” Cr Loughnan said.
Along with the benefits to healthcare, the project will reinvigorate the local economy, providing construction jobs within the region. Community consultation will begin shortly, to ensure the right design for the hospital is adopted.
Words by Gemma Easton
Images by The Maranoa