ANOTHER step has been taken towards the redevelopment of Tamworth hospital, with the development application for the project now lodged with the NSW Department of Planning.
The application covers the construction of a five storey acute services building and an overhead walkway to the Brudelin building; the construction of 162 car parks, loading area, new access road and traffic management measures; and construction of temporary facilities to accommodate displaced medical facilities, as well as excavation, demolition and landscaping works.
When finished, the hospital will have new day surgery unit, paediatrics unit, maternity, birthing suite and special care nursery, emergency department, renal dialysis unit, oral health unit, operating theatres and recovery spaces, cardiac catheterisation lab, medical imaging, pharmacy, nuclear medicine, ambulatory care, and medical, surgical, palliative care and inpatient units.
Member for New England Tony Windsor welcomed the move.
"The lodgement of the DA (development application) for the Tamworth hospital redevelopment is a major step forward in providing people in the region with access to better health services in modern facilities," Mr Windsor said.
The redevelopment is scheduled for completion in late 2016.
The proposal is on public exhibition and submissions can be made until Tuesday, August 28.
The development application and associated plans and documents can be viewed at Ray Walsh House, the Department of Planning office in Noel Park House, or online at majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.