THE task of building the south-west’s $30 million integrated cancer care centre will go to tender in the coming weeks with at least two parties eager to win the contract.
Peter’s Project members this week celebrated the Coalition’s election win, which ensures the Commonwealth’s $10 million pledge to the centre, along with $15 million from the state government.
The long-running campaign spanning five years has captured the hearts and generosity of the south-west.
But it has now jumped its highest hurdle with government funding. The centre is now just $3.8 million short of a full fund for the comprehensive radiotherapy and cancer care services.
Peter’s Project founder Vicki Jellie said there was increased competition to win the contract to build the centre.
“We know there’s at least two parties interested, which is really good because we’ll get a better centre out of it,” Ms Jellie said.
“The federal money is there and ready to go. They’re not going to put their hand in the money bucket and say ‘Oh, Labor left nothing.”
The state government will pay for the operation of the centre once it is constructed.
Designs are also being prepared.
Mrs Jellie said $1.2 million had been raised in the community towards the $5 million target and would be spent on the “wellness clinic” in the centre.
“The public donations will go to planning the centre but specifically the wellness centre that will help people co-ordinate their journey through cancer,” she said.
“The building should be built by 2015.”