Port Stephens Duty MLC, Hon Catherine Cusack was today joined by Port Stephens Liberal Candidate, Jaimie Abbott, Mayor Ryan Palmer and fellow councillors to announce the successful contractor for the construction of the new HealthOne development at Tomaree Community Hospital.

“Thanks to the economic management of our state’s booming economy, funding for this fantastic HealthOne facility in Nelson Bay has been made available from the Berejiklian Government,” Ms Cusack said.

“The HealthOne NSW program aims to create a stronger and more efficient primary health care system by bringing together general practice and community health care services.”

“The Port Stephens HealthOne facility will mean the community can come to one place, one purpose built building for all of their health needs.”

“I am very pleased to announce that the Berejiklian Government has awarded the contract for the construction of the new HealthOne Facility at Tomaree Community Hospital to local Newcastle company, Graph Building.

Graph Building has nearly 20 years’ experience across many commercial projects, including construction of healthcare facilities and aged care facilities.

Today also marks the official start of the construction of the project, starting with a new car park here on the southern side of the current hospital. Following the completion of the new car park, which is expected be completed in December, work will progress to the construction of the new building, which we expect to be completed in 2020.

Port Stephens Liberal Candidate, Jaimie Abbott said improving health services across Port Stephens was to be her number one priority if elected in March next year.

“This is a very exciting to see this project begin construction today and I look forward to seeing the facility start to take shape on the ground,” said Ms Abbott.

“I am really pleased that the successful contractor aims to employ local tradies, meaning jobs stay in Port Stephens wherever possible.”

“We are all looking forward to seeing the new building develop over the next couple of years. HealthOne will deliver better services which are tailored to meet the health needs of Tomaree Peninsula,” she added