Carpark set for com­ple­tion

The Morning Bulletin - - ON THE RECORD -

IN wel­come news for Rock­hamp­ton Hos­pi­tal’s staff and vis­i­tors, the lon­gawaited carpark is to be com­pleted by March.

The usual slog to find a carpark and an of­ten long walk to the hos­pi­tal will end.

Tour­ing the fa­cil­ity with Min­is­ter for North­ern Aus­tralia Matt Cana­van and LNP’s Queens­land Se­nate can­di­date Ger­ard Ren­nick, Capri­cor­nia MP Michelle Landry said she was de­lighted to see an end to the on­go­ing hos­pi­tal park­ing prob­lem. “I am tick­led pink to see this vi­tal piece of in­fra­struc­ture so close to be­ing open to the pub­lic,” Ms Landry said.

“With 597 car park spa­ces for staff, pa­tients and vis­i­tors, the new hos­pi­tal carpark will be a god­send for thou­sands of Cen­tral Queens­lan­ders who have to visit the re­gion’s ma­jor base hos­pi­tal. This was the num­ber one is­sue for me at the 2016 elec­tion and I can tell you it took quite a bit of con­vinc­ing my col­leagues just how im­por­tant it was to our com­mu­nity. This new carpark not only looks mag­nif­i­cent, it will pro­vide far bet­ter ac­cess than we had be­fore with pa­tients and vis­i­tors alike of­ten hav­ing to park hun­dreds of me­tres away, trudg­ing up hill and down dale just to get the treat­ment they need or to visit loved ones.”

Ms Landry con­grat­u­lated the CQHHS on keep­ing the park­ing charges so low com­pared with hos­pi­tal park­ing op­tions in other cities. Hos­pi­tal vis­i­tors will be charged $2/hour and $10/day.

Mr Cana­van said he was pleased to see the elec­tion prom­ise be­ing ful­filled and on bud­get.

“This is lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture that will make a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple vis­it­ing the hos­pi­tal, and res­i­dents in the lo­cal area,” he said. “This new car park is go­ing to take pres­sure off Rock­hamp­ton’s sub­ur­ban streets and make the ex­pe­ri­ence of vis­it­ing the hos­pi­tal just that lit­tle bit eas­ier for ev­ery­one.”

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