STAWELL Hospital’s multi-million-dollar community rehabilitation centre with oncology unit is on track for completion by the end of the year.
The expansive facility, which will feature oncology treatment rooms, multi-disciplinary gym and consulting rooms, is being fitted out.
The installation of a mobility garden and civil works are due to start in October.
The Federal Government has contributed $3.5 million for the project, while the State Government has contributed $180,000.
Callawadda shearer Aaron Hemley raised $120,000 last year towards the oncology unit during a shearing marathon. The community rehabilitation centre and oncology unit has been built on the old allied health site, which was demolished earlier this year.
Work on the new centre began in February.
Stawell Regional Health chief executive Rohan Fitzgerald said Nicholson Construction of Ballarat had done an exceptional job with construction.
“It’s very exciting to see the building visually take form,” he said.
“All the internal fittings are being installed and we’re really getting a sense of how this wonderful facility is going to look and operate.
“We can’t wait to open it to the public.”
Mr Fitzgerald said Stawell Regional Health’s other major project – the development of student accommodation in Sloane Street – was also on schedule.
The $600,000 architecturally designed building at the hospital entrance will have 12 bedrooms, separate study areas, a shared living area and kitchen.
“It will offer them modern and comfortable accommodation and will enhance their training experience overall,” Mr Fitzgerald said.