Moreton Hire has been deployed to build temporary vaccination super hubs on behalf of Western Health in Victoria, carving a new path of opportunity for the company.
In a pre-COVID era, Moreton Hire provided equipment hire to events and exhibitions across Australia, an industry that has been decimated due to the COVID19 outbreak.
Since January, the company has been engaged to build a temporary vaccination clinic in a multi deck carpark at Sunshine Hospital and at the Melbourne Airport; a scope that includes temporary walls for cubicles, assessment spaces, hospital grade lino, lighting, furniture, plumbing and HVAC.
Managing Director of Moreton Hire, Peter Morahan, said COVID’s impact has been drastic for their industry and their business. It is estimated by recent Government Impact Reports, that income of event businesses was down 85 per cent from April to December 2020.
“As a company, we made a commitment last year to not sit idle. It has been full steam ahead working tirelessly to uncover new revenue streams,” Mr Morahan said.
“It has meant some very difficult decisions; we have had to be nimble and adapt to first and foremost preserve jobs. We’re doing what we must to get our business in the best position for our customers in the future.”
Being involved in the execution of Vaccination Super Hubs such as the installation for Western Health, has meant that the company can redeploy resources typically used to build iconic Australian events.
“We’re using items such as walling and marquees, originally purchased for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018, to provide critical infrastructure for testing and vaccination sites” Mr Morahan said.
“Our teams are trained in rapid execution of temporary set-ups, resulting in health bodies being able to tap into a wealth of experience to get results - fast!” With branches across the east coast of Australia, Moreton Hire can continue to provide equipment despite border closures.
Image: Donald Johnson and Kylie Roper, Western Health nurse unit managers who will be managing our vaccination hub sites. Source: Newspix | Photographer: Aaron Francis