Epworth Geelong — the $277 million hospital on Pigdons Road Waurn Ponds — opened on Monday 4 July 2016 and is welcoming its first patients.

The decision to establish Epworth Geelong included a conscious awareness of the rate of population growth and the economic environment in the region. It was decided at the outset that where possible and appropriate, contracts be awarded to local companies.

During the land preparation and building stages, more than $21 million worth of contracts was awarded to local manufacturing and construction trades and suppliers.

Construction of Epworth Geelong was the primary contributor to the 557 per cent increase in Greater Geelong non-domestic building activity figures in November 2014 as the build gained momentum. By 30 June 2015 there were more than 550 people working on site.

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