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MAJOR SLAB POUR AT WEINAM CREEL SATELLITE HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION SITE Work on the new Redland Bay Satellite Hospital is progressing at some pace. With the inaugural site preparation completed a couple of months ago, the builders, Hutchinsons, have progressed to the point that the slab for the hospital proper has now been poured. It means, work on the building will start in the coming days, with the new Redland Bay Satellite Hospital quickly taking shape (see attached designer pix of completed hospital) Prior to the slab work, Kim Richards was joined on site by the Minister for Heath Yvette D'Ath and Minister for Public Works Mick deBrenni for a ‘shovelling’ event to mark the milestone. The hospital has been strategically placed by the Queensland State Government in the Weinam Creek Priority Development Area (PDA) to ensure health services closer to home for our island communities and growing southern Redland region. Member for Redlands, Kim Richards, says the satellite hospital project has been ‘prioritised’ due to growth in the area. The site was previously the Meissner Street car park and people using this car park have been redirected to the new and adjacent Moore Street car park. The Queensland Government undertook a land exchange with Redland City Council for the site with the carpark land in front of the Redland Bay Marina. In late 2020 an additional 500 car parks were made available at the newly created Moore’s Road car park, only a short walk via the walkway bridge to the Marina Ferry Terminal. Kim Richards says the satellite hospital will prove invaluable to the residents of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands providing vital services in renal dialysis, chemotherapy, wound management and more. She also says the purpose-built small hospital will take ‘considerable pressure’ off Redland Hospital. The hospital has been scheduled for opening by mid 2023, about one year away. The satellite hospital concept is an Australian first and Redland Bay is set to be the first for completion. When completed, it will be the first piece of significant infrastructure in the Weinam Creek PDA area and a catalyst for Redland City Council to drive the precinct's transformation. Redland City Council is undertaking works this year in relation to the internal road system, which is key to transformation of the Weinam Creek precinct.