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Strong engagement on NI Multipurpose Health Service alternative site considerations

I thank all of you who participated in the recent consultations on the alternative site considerations for the new Norfolk Island Multipurpose Health Service (MPS) facility, which includes the current Norfolk Island Health and Residential Aged Care Service (NIHRACS) site and two other potential locations.

We had strong engagement across the community during the on-island consultations and subsequent written submission period. This will ensure local knowledge and expertise feeds into the final site selection process, supported by technical site information and logistical considerations.

The KPMG team, along with myself and departmental staff met with a wide range of stakeholders and community members to hear views on potential site options for the MPS, with regards to opportunities and issues for each site.

The three shortlisted sites are:

  • The current NIHRACS site
  • The vacant land adjacent to the Norfolk Island Central School, Lot 44A
  • A vacant parcel of land next to the Norfolk Island International Airport.

The community consultation process is a vital part of the design development of the MPS facility, providing assurance that we are adhering to the highest standards of probity as we develop the business case to support the best health outcomes for the community, from a new health facility.

It is critical that Government considers the strongest case for a new MPS for Norfolk Island, as the proposal will be considered against other competing priorities. We are also seeking to  deliver a new facility on Island in the shortest practical timeframes.

Progression to the construction stage is subject to Government budget and Parliamentary approval processes that are anticipated to commence in late 2021.

I will provide further information on the site selection process and next steps for the MPS project in coming weeks, with a site decision anticipated by the end of September. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact my office at office.administrator@infrastructure.gov.au.

Eric Hutchinson
Administrator of Norfolk Island

19 August 2021