Thumbs down to Bendigo Hospital's murky tender process

WORK on the new Bendigo Hospital was scheduled to start this month. 

We’ve now been told, after several delays and still without a start date, one of the companies in the tender process has been banned from all state government work. 

But no one is explaining what this means for the $630 million project. 

Health Minister David Davis won’t answer the Advertiser’s questions and the response from Lend Lease and the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has been equally muted. 

It’s not known where Lend Lease or the other consortia members stand. 

The government must know the fine details of the project.

As a public entity, spending public money, the government has a duty to be transparent. 

The public has a right to not only know what their taxes are being spent on, but what’s happening with a much-needed development that will shape the future of the city like no other project before it. 

Given it could affect the future health of Bendigo and its surrounds, the answers are even more important. 

It’s unfair for the people of Bendigo to be kept in the dark over what should be an open and transparent issue. 

It seems all parties could have handled the matter better. 

Hopefully we can soon get a clearer picture of where the development lies and start to see some real progress.

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