STAGE 1 of the IWC Health & Wellbeing Complex in Bundaberg was multi award-winning, but Stage 2 could be a lifesaver in the event of another major natural disaster or contagious outbreak.
Because nestled within its solid walls, set in a flood-free zone, sits two major innovations.
One is a 350kva generator with a six-cylinder diesel engine with a price tag of more than a quarter of a million dollars that will keep the purpose-built health and wellbeing facility expansion going when the power goes off.
The second is a pair of Isolation Suites, which can be put into action in the event of a major contagion hitting the region requiring patients to be separated from the mainstream medical and health operations.
“The generator is powerful enough to ensure that, once the Stage 2 expansion of the complex is completed, we can keep going in a disaster situation,” said IWC General Manager Wayne Mulvany (pictured with the generator).
“In the past two major floods, in 2010/11 and 2013, and during other cyclonic episodes including tornadoes and storms, medical facilities across Bundaberg region were forced to close their doors.
“With this generator, the IWC Health & Wellbeing Complex will be able to provide a facility that can maintain primary health care services to our community.”
Stage 2 of the IWC Health & Wellbeing Complex is a $19.8 million project, with the $14.8 million construction costs co-funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, which has provided $7.4 million to IWC.
Mr Mulvany said: “IWC takes very seriously our community obligations and has initiated this key piece of infrastructure that will significantly value add to disaster management.
“We see this as a major boon for our community. As well as being able to continu