Joan Kirner Hospital project provides business opportunities

Published: 29 April 2019

Don Matthews with project team
In this photo, from left to right: Liz Maddison (Project Director, Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority), Don Matthews (Local Jobs First Commissioner), Nada Radovic (Project Manager, Victorian Health and Human Services Building Authority) and Andrew Miller (Project Manager, Lendlease).

The recently built Joan Kirner Hospital is a $200 million development, transforming Sunshine Hospital into a leading paediatric and maternal health facility.

This new facility will provide 20 labour delivery rooms, 39 special care cots, 64 women's inpatient beds, 32 children's inpatient beds, four operating theatres and additional outpatient clinics.

This will enable more women and families in Melbourne's West to give birth and access children's services closer to home.

A Local Jobs First project, this project has generated great opportunities for local Victorian businesses.

The Local Jobs First Policy supports Victorian businesses and workers by ensuring that small and medium size businesses are given a fair opportunity to participate in small and large government projects – creating job opportunities for Victorians.

More than 30 Victorian businesses have contributed to this project since construction began in September 2016.

Local Jobs First Commissioner, Don Matthews visited the Joan Kirner Hospital in Sunshine, showing his continued support of state-wide projects.

As Victoria's advocate for local content and industry, Don Matthews has been working in collaboration with industry and government agencies to give small to medium sized businesses an opportunity to participate on government projects.

With large infrastructure projects taking place across the state, there are opportunities for local businesses and workers to benefit from this investment pipeline. 

Local businesses interested in supplying goods and services to Local Jobs First projects are encouraged to register on the website of the Industry Capability Network Victoria.

To learn more about Don Matthews, watch the interview on the Victorian Connection.