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SunCentral Project Update July 2016

Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) update  – Chamber Alliance meeting 28 July 2016

State budget – capital investment allocations for the Sunshine Coast HHS:

The 2016/17 State Budget included a number of significant funding allocations for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service:

  • $167 million provided to complete the delivery of the SCUH and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute.
  • An allocation within the Enhancing Regional Hospitals Program for upgrades which includes the Caloundra Health Service. (Funding for the refurbishment was announced in the 2015 State Budget).
  • The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is currently managing the refurbishment project of the Caloundra Health Service, which will include the reconfiguration of the Caloundra site to focus on the following key clinical areas:
    • Specialist Palliative care service 
    • Community health services, this will involve expanding the current service provision to include Community rehabilitation team, child development community service and a range of community services
    • Ophthalmology Service, including elective, same day surgery and outpatient clinics
    • Chronic renal dialysis service 
    • Oral health service.
  • Planning and consultation with staff on the refurbishment project commenced Monday 4 July 2016. The refurbishment of Caloundra Health Service will commence post the opening of the SCUH in April 2017. The anticipated completion of the works is late 2018.
  • A further allocation as part of the Advancing Queensland’s Health Infrastructure program, which includes essential upgrades to health facilities including the repurposing of the Nambour General Hospital post the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. This will include the redevelopment of the mental health wards and creation of a purpose built rehabilitation unit.

Recruitment / service update:

The final large scale recruitment campaign for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital is also underway, with approximately 1200 medical, nursing, allied health, operational services and administrative roles to be filled by the time SCUH opens next year.

  • Approximately 3000 staff will work at SCUH when it opens. This is estimated to increase to about 4600 by 2021

Construction update:

  • Less than two months until the Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH) reaches technical completion, and there’s been some very visible progress at the site.
  • The scaffolding has been removed and the outside façade is complete.
  • The internal flooring and timber panelling has been completed on Hospital Street and the landscaping is well underway in the central courtyard.
  • Another piece of major medical equipment installed recently was the CareFusion pharmacy robot in Pharmacy on level one. The pharmacy robot will improve safety while dispensing medication, and allows multiple requests to be handled at the same time. The robot can store more than 30,000 packs and bottles and dispense more than 400 packs per hour.
  • The next major phase for SCUH will be the testing of all major medical equipment items and plant. Up to 20,000 individual tests will be needed to commission the facility before its opening in 2017.

Key Message:

All aspects of the SCUH Program are currently progressing at a rate that provides confidence that the targeted opening date of April 2017 will be achieved.


International Students thrive on the Sunshine Coast

More than 100 proud international students have celebrated their graduation from the University of the Sunshine Coast this week! Many hope to use their new Australian qualifications to get ahead in their home countries or start their dream career here on the Sunshine Coast.

Check out for everything you need to know about studying, living and working on the Sunshine Coast.

City Centre

Sunshine Coast city opens for business

We’re very excited to have launched the new Maroochydore CBD project to market with expressions of interest now open to investors, developers and business owners who share our vision and would like to be involved in bringing our new city centre to life.

Download a copy of the full June Newsletter here

STEP 30 Jobs in 30 Days

A major milestone reached

February has been a busy month for SunCentral Maroochyore with a key contract awarded, another out to tender and the Queensland Premier visiting the site to mark the start of construction of the Sunshine Coast’s new CBD. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson turned the first sod on SunCentral Maroochydore on 11 February 2016 in the presence of local business and community leaders and media.

Read the February SunCentral newsletter here.

Mayor Mark Jamieson

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson and QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, at the new Maroochydore CBD development site. The CBD will provide over 10,000 jobs on the Coast with its aim to create a “unique opportunity to establish a new business, community and city living hub in the heart of the Sunshine Coast”.


New developments for the Sunshine Coast

You can read more on the Sunshine Coast Daily website.


Telstra Business Awards 

Entries are now open for the Telstra Business Awards. The awards have been running for 24 years and this year will see a new charity category.

Business that are nominated need to fit into one of five Award categories:

• New Business awards (operating for one to three years with up to 500 employees)
• Micro Business (with five or less employees)
• Small Business Award (with more than five and up to 50 employees)
• Medium Business Award (with more than 50 and up to 500 employees)
• Charity Award (ACNC registered with DGR status, three or more employees and an annual income between $250,000 and $5,000,000)

Enter online by completing the entry form.

Sunshine Coast Futures Conference

The 2015 Sunshine Coast Futures Conference hosted 220 delegates at the Innovation Center, University of the Sunshine Coast. Delegates participated in an active Strategic Doing workshop where groups were formed to encourage collaboration and discussion around one theme: ‘Getting to our future’. A summary of the vision of the Sunshine Coast is presented in the ‘Summary Magazine’. 

SCA aerial

Sunshine Coast Airport

Did you know that the Sunshine Coast Airport is one of Australia’s fastest growing major airports by total passenger numbers? Statistics provided by Commonwealth Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show that the Sunshine Coast received a 9.5% increase in total passengers for October 2015, in comparison to the prior year.

In a press release on the Sunshine Coast Airport website, Sunshine Coast Airport General Manager Peter Pallot said “the passenger figures for December were the highest on record for the month and represented a 19% year-on-year growth rate”.

“A total of 87,097 passengers travelled through our airport in December which represents outstanding growth on 2014 and is testament to our growing popularity amongst locals and visitors alike,” Mr Pallot said.

There’s even more exciting times ahead for the Sunshine Coast Airport with the arrival of the Qantas business flight schedule ready to commence in early February. These business friendly flights will allow passengers the opportunity to fly return from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney in one day.