20 December 2022

New Wagga Wagga Base Hospital carpark a boon for staff and patients

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Wagga Wagga Base Hospital corporate and business services manager Michael Morris (left), Wagga Duty MLC Wes Fang and clinical nurse educator Serena McDonough. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

A dedicated free staff carpark with solar panel-fitted shade at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital has officially opened.

The 150-space staff facility in Docker Street is part of the NSW Government’s $30 million multistorey carpark project at the hospital.

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Duty MLC for Wagga Wagga Wes Fang said the parking for the staff within the hospital campus would provide convenient, safe access to and from work.

“The parking will allow staff to access the hospital easily and park in the shade,” Mr Fang said.

“We’ve used solar panels to provide the shade and also supplement the power supply into the hospital.”

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Wagga Wagga Base Hospital’s free staff carpark in Docker Street. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Mr Fang said the multistorey carpark with an additional 350 spaces for patients and family members would open early next year.

“This is a fantastic facility, and you can see the number of services that we provide now at the hospital,” Mr Fang said.

“So by opening the multistorey carpark, we’re going to allow more people to be able to park easily and access the facilities and health care that’s provided.”

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The staff carpark is fitted with solar panel shade. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Mr Fang said when trying to attract medical staff to Wagga, it was important to have the best facilities, including convenient parking.

“We want to attract good doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and administration staff to this area … and what we’ve got here provides that livable benefit that you don’t normally see.”

The carpark in Yathong Street, with 81 spaces, was opened in September 2021.

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The multistorey carpark for the public and patients will open early next year. Photo: Shri Gayathirie Rajen.

Wagga Base Hospital clinical nurse educator Serena McDonough said the new carpark meant she no longer had to leave home earlier, and her kids were able to sleep in.

“I’m not rushing out of the house to get to work, because there’s parking on site,” Ms McDonough said.

She said she normally had to park at the end of Brookong Avenue and it would take her 10 minutes to walk to the hospital.

“I work in theatres and have to go in and change into scrubs and so I had to allow extra time to get in and start work.”

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Lisa Mutton, the winner’s mother (left), with ADCO site manager Heath Stewart, competition winner Charlotte Mutton, Charlotte’s father Wayne Mutton and Wagga Wagga Base Hospital manager corporate and business services Michael Morris with the winning entries on Level 5 of the almost-completed multistorey carpark. Photo: Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

Ms McDonagh said patients and families would benefit from the multistorey carpark as they didn’t have to worry about restricted parking times.

In honour of the multistorey carpark project, Murrumbidgee Local Health District held a colouring-in competition involving all local schools.

The MLHD said the carpark project builder, ADCO, had provided $1000 worth of prizes for the competition, which was judged by a panel of representatives from Health Infrastructure, ADCO and Wagga Wagga Base Hospital.

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St Joseph’s Primary School year 5 student Charlotte Mutton, who took first place in the colouring competition, was awarded a $200 gift voucher for Collins Booksellers and given a tour of the construction site for her creative effort. Photo: Murrumbidgee Local Health District.

The colouring competition was held to celebrate the near completion of the six-level multistorey carpark.

St Joseph’s Primary School year 5 student Charlotte Mutton won the competition and was awarded a $200 gift voucher for Collins Booksellers and given a tour of the construction site for her creative effort.

Eleven-year-old Charli Hall, also from St Joseph’s, took second prize, while the school was awarded a $500 gift voucher as the winning school.

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Nine-year-old Edward Saddler from Henschke Catholic Primary School took third place and was awarded a $100 voucher for Casey’s Toys, while Leah Jeong, 6, from Lutheran Primary School, received a Special Encouragement Award.

The competition attracted 111 entries.

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