Draft designs for the new Roma Hospital.
Draft designs for the new Roma Hospital.

Roma Hospital build 'breaking the mould' for public projects

THE building of the new Roma Hospital will be 'breaking the mould' for public infrastructure to ensure local contractors are given a real chance to work on it.

Queensland Health unveiled their plan to builders and tradespeople in Roma on Tuesday, which will involve breaking the hospital project up into smaller packages.

While many of the contracts will require state government pre-qualification due to being worth more than $500,000, some of the smaller packages will only require compliance.

The president of Commerce Roma, which will act as a conduit between Queensland Health and local contractors interested in applying for packages, said the concept of breaking up the project was a radical departure from the usual 'design and build' method.

"Obviously we're encouraging people to go and make sure they're fully registered to get tender information, but for the smaller contracts that are under $500,000 - the ones that don't go to tender - there will be opportunities," Carmen Roberts said.

"There are some of those coming up soon, like demolishing the old Nurse's Quarters - there's a couple hundred thousand in that. It requires compliance but not pre-qualification like for the larger tender stuff.

"It's not something that's happening all over the state."

Ms Roberts said the precedent had been set by another local piece of infrastructure to be built next year - the new fire station.

"It has just be a case-by-case basis, so we're encouraging people to contact us so we can figure out where they fit in, then we're communicating with Queensland Health," she said.

"After a few other Roma government projects started like the fire station (with design and build concept), which after we made a bit of noise, those projects got broken down.

"When you break those projects down, with your design and construction separately, it's a lot more achievable to get locals involved.

"I'm not saying it's not happening anywhere else in the state, but it's being pushed a lot in Roma."

Maranoa Regional Councillor David Schefe was at the meeting this week and said the response from local contractors had been positive.

"The fact they need to be pre-qualified is there, but from what I've heard they're going to make the process much easier," he said.

"There were no negative comments from the floor - I spoke with four contractors afterwards, and they were pretty positive.

"They (state government) really are trying and they're taking a step in the right direction."

Maranoa Mayor Tyson Golder said he encouraged any contractors interested in being involved to contact Commerce Roma.

"They have templates for a capability statement, which is only two to three pages," he said.

"It's not an involved document and it focuses on your recent history that you've done.

"What they're saying is if contractors do the capability statement then that makes them visible when Queensland Health work with the main contractor."

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