A new public hospital will be built on the northern Gold Coast if Labor wins the October 31 election.
Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed the Coomera Hospital would be built on over 13 hectares of publicly owned land on George Alexander Way, provided it gets the tick of approval through community consultation.
The Premier said $3 million would be set aside to develop the plan for the new full service public facility.
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She also announced $5.7 million would be spent on a new CT scanner at Robina Hospital.
“As we know Coomera is a fast growing community and we know that we need an extra hospital there into the future,” Premier Palaszczuk told reporters in Nerang on Monday.
Deputy Premier and Health Minister Steven Miles said the planning will likely take 12 months.
“It’s really important to get the planning right and that takes time,” Minister Miles said.
“It will determine what mix of services should be built at Coomera and what order they should be built as well as an overall timeframe.
“Today’s announcement really is about saying this is the location that we have decided is the best spot for a brand new northern Gold Coast hospital.
“We know it’s needed and we’ll get on with the job of planning it and then building it.”
Earlier this year, LNP leader Deb Frecklington committed $4 million for master planning a “state of the art” facility in the same area.
The Premier also announced a $140 million spend on boosting small business and to help “lift competitiveness and resilience”.
In would see Labor spend $100m on a ‘Business Investment Fund’ to help small and medium sized businesses grow and expand into new markets, including export markets.
It includes $25 million in small business grants with a focus on our regions as well as young Queenslanders, women, social enterprises and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
“We will also continue our popular free Mentoring for Growth program, as well as provide grants for regional exporters to help them reach new global markets.”
Minister for Employment and Small Business Shannon Fentiman also confirmed the Small Business Commissioner role will be extended, following a rising demand for businesses to navigate leasing disputes with their landlords.
“Our Small Business Commissioner has been helping hundreds of businesses and landlords during the pandemic – saving them time, money and stress,” she said.
It comes as Queensland records another day of zero new COVID-19 cases, continuing the run of no community transmission that has been going for over a month now.
There are still just four active cases in the state.
Monday, 19 October – coronavirus cases in Queensland:
• 0 new confirmed cases
• 4 active cases
• 1,164 total confirmed cases
• 1,188,355 tests conducted
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) October 18, 2020