KNOCKED DOWN: A project to replace the old Farr Home at the Kingaroy Hospital is under way.
KNOCKED DOWN: A project to replace the old Farr Home at the Kingaroy Hospital is under way. Emma Galliott

Old Kingaroy Hospital building to be replaced

A PROJECT to replace the old Farr Home building at the rear of the Kingaroy Hospital campus with a new purpose-built facility is approaching the start of construction.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service executive director of infrastructure Dr Paul Clayton said the project would benefit the people of the South Burnett for many years to come.

"We expect construction to be under way by early April, and we're looking forward to replacing the old Farr Home building with a contemporary oral health and community health facility,” he said.

"The new building will have a similar footprint to the old one, and we are ensuring the memory of Matron Farr, who worked at Kingaroy Hospital from the 1940s through to the 1970s, will be maintained in a very significant way.

"We estimate the construction phase of the project should take around 20 weeks.”

Dr Clayton said the service's commitment to the original aim of the joint project with project partners Griffith University and Queensland Rural Medical Education remained steadfast.

"A joint project to use the old building for a dental and community health facility was under way last year, but in early November the construction contractors found much larger amounts of asbestos in the ageing building than expected,” he said.

"With safety being our primary concern a decision was made to demolish the building, so we are now looking forward to the delivery of a new purpose-built facility.”

Dr Clayton said the construction of the new building would not detract from the Service's efforts to get a new hospital for Kingaroy.

"A new hospital for Kingaroy remains the number one priority” for the service, he said.

"In the meantime we are committed to providing the best facilities possible for the people of the South Burnett, and the construction of this new oral health and community health building is testament to that commitment.”

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