Member for Kiama Gareth Ward MP and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock MP have announced that the first concrete pour of the $11.8 million multi-storey car park at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital has been completed.
Mr Ward said that approximately 1000m2 of concrete was poured into the base of the car park.
“After fighting to secure funding for this additional car parking at Shoalhaven Hospital, Shelley and I are really pleased that the multi-storey car park project is progressing well and is on schedule to be completed by the end of this year,” he said.
“We’re pleased with the progress on the new multi-storey car park and importantly, we know this will make parking easier for our patients, staff and visitors.
“Providing safe and accessible parking options near hospitals is so important.
“Our region is growing and so is the demand on our hospital, therefore it’s important to provide more parking options on site.”
Mrs Hancock said that the multi-storey car park is the first step in preparing the hospital site for any future hospital expansion.
“As part of planning for the car park upgrade, the hospital has undertaken concept master planning for the entire hospital site to ensure any future hospital enhancements and expansion on the campus will not be compromised,” she said.
“The new five split-level car park will provide more than 220 new spaces in addition to the 60 ground level spaces that were constructed as early works and when complete, the project will increase the hospital’s overall parking capacity to over 550 spaces.
“I would like to thank our staff, patients and visitors for their patience during the construction of the multi-storey car park.
“We have worked closely with Shoalhaven City Council to ensure that the temporary parking arrangements during construction are effective and minimise impact to neighbours and to our local community,” Mrs Hancock said.
In 2018-19, the NSW Government is investing more than $2.3 billion in the capital works program to continue building and redeveloping hospitals, health facilities and ambulance stations, as part of a record $8 billion investment over the next four years.