HUNDREDS of trade services and suppliers representatives will attend a free information session for the New Bendigo Hospital next week.
The event will be held at the All Seasons Hotel in McIvor Road on Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm.
The trade services briefing aims to provide local trades people with information about the nature of work available as part of the multi-million dollar hospital project.
City of Greater Bendigo Business Broker Leah Sertori said the head construction contractors for the project Lend Lease would host the presentation.
“David O’Saughnessy is the project director so he’ll take people through the build phase of the hospital right through the schedule by trade package,” Ms Sertori said.
“He’ll explain the different pieces of work that would be put out to tender and then the process for applying under that.
“So what businesses should be doing right now is registering their interest via the Industry Capability Network website called ICN Gateway.
“That’s really a database from which Lend Lease then pull businesses locally, that’s they’re preferred way of doing that.
“So they capture all of the information and then when they go to tender out a piece of work they send it to a short listed group of businesses from that site.”
Ms Sertori said the New Bendigo Hospital project was a once in a lifetime project. She said local businesses should not miss the opportunity to find out more about the project.
The project is expected to create more than 770 jobs during construction.
“One of the exciting things within that is 77 of them will be apprentices,” Ms Sertori said.
“So those young adults, they might even finish their apprenticeship because it’s a four year project.”
Ms Sertori said information provided at the briefing would be very valuable in informing trades people about various pieces of work they might wish to express interest in and how to go about making an expression of interest.
“We’re expecting 300 people,” she said.
“I think they want to understand the process through which they express their interest.
“They’re all optimistic and they’re all interested to understand where they might be able to provide a service or materials and they’re just wondering how to go about doing that.”