New hospital could be own ‘ecosystem’
The new Maitland hospital could be its own ‘ecosystem’, if ancillary health, accommodation and food services set up around the Metford site.
Parliamentary Secretary for Hunter Scot MacDonald made the comment at Friday’s sod turning for the $470 million development, officially marking the start of construction.
He was joined by Health Minister Brad Hazzard for the occasion, who confirmed job numbers for the forecast two and half year build.
A total of 4700 jobs will be associated with the construction, split into 1880 direct jobs and 2820 related jobs.
“Nearly 1900 jobs will be on this site during the course of construction,” Minister Hazzard said.
“All of the other jobs they have factored are the jobs around who’s building the steel, how is the cement coming here, how much in transportation; so it’s really a massive economic boost.
“When we build a hospital it ain’t just the hospital – it’s everything that’s comes with it in terms of the building and the Hunter is going to have a bonanza of jobs.”
Mr MacDonald said now was the time for those in other industries to consider how they can benefit from the facility.
“My vision is that you will have an ecosystem here – you will have motels, food, I hope you’ll have the allied people start setting up around them,” he said.
“That’s what you see around hospital complexes, this ecosystem starts to build so my vision is that it transfers to not just Metford but wider Maitland.
“Today signals to us in the wider community [that] it is happening. Think about how you can tap into it.”