PLEASING INSPECTION: Avid campaigner for the new public hospital, Brian Ginn, visits the Kawana building site.
PLEASING INSPECTION: Avid campaigner for the new public hospital, Brian Ginn, visits the Kawana building site. Brett Wortman

Brian’s dying wish was to see hospital construction started

GRASPING the rail to steady his balance, Brian Ginn looks out over the new Kawana public hospital site and loses his breath.

And no it's not his emphysema flaring up.

In November 2009, Mr Ginn - terminally ill and suffering emphysema, carpal tunnel syndrome, heart disease and type two diabetes - declared his dying wish was to see work started on the hospital site.

"I had to do something because the people were complaining 'We've got to wait for so long at Nambour General Hospital, Caloundra Hospital'," he said.

"I said, 'Why don't you do something? Meet me, support me'."

Proudly wearing his yellow construction helmet, he became the face of the community protest march against the Labor government's decision to push back the hospital's completion date from 2014 to 2016.

In September 2012, Mr Ginn turned the first sod, sharing the shovel with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

Now, the 76-year-old Wurtulla Digger stands at the $1.8 billion hospital site, taking in all the work that has been done since that day.

"It touches your heart. You have a dream and it's coming true," Mr Ginn said.

"It blew me to bits when I saw it, from little things big things grow."

Work on the suspended slab of the ground floor of the main hospital building is almost complete, with the stairs and pre-cast concrete walls being installed from the ground floor to level one.

Level one works will continue throughout April, with level two starting mid-May.

The final tower crane will be in place in mid-April.

While Mr Ginn can't be happier seeing the hospital being built, he is waiting for the day patients can be seen.

"I want to see that hospital built, then I can die happy," he said.

"I've accomplished something for the people, not for me."

In recognition of Mr Ginn's efforts in seeing the hospital project come to fruition, Lend Lease will name one of the cranes on site after him.


SUNSHINE Coast University Public Hospital timeline:

  • September 2012-end 2013: Design development process.
  • October 2012: Site establishment and bulk earthworks begin.
  • February 2013-December 2013: First multi-deck car park.
  • June 2013-December 2013: Kawana Way duplication works.
  • Mid-2013-end 2014: Main hospital superstructure.
  • Early 2014-mid-2015: External facade.
  • From mid-2014: Internal fit-out and finishes.
  • Late 2016: Public hospital opens (450 beds).
  • 2021: Public hospital fully commissioned (738 beds).

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