Member for Lismore Thomas George turned the first sod of earth to mark the start of the Lismore Base Hospital car park project.
The sod turn marks the commencement of construction on the new car park, with building contractor Woollam Constructions appointed to complete the project.
Enabling works have been carried out on the construction site over the last three weeks, including site set-up and demolition of the existing houses located on the car park site.
The $9.27 million Lismore Base Hospital car park will be primarily delivered under the NSW Treasury supported Car Parking Portfolio Model, where car parks are self-funded, supported with user charges and managed by a professional car park operator.
The car park includes 270 spaces in a multi-storey building off Dalziell St and a ground level facility on Uralba St. The car park has been designed and planned to allow for future expansion.
The construction of the Lismore Base Hospital car park will substantially increase car parking capacity and improve the amenity of the local area.
The project is being coordinated with the Lismore Base Hospital Stage 3A and Stage 3B redevelopments. These projects will enable the hospital to provide more services, as well as expanding its capacity to treat patients, and respond to the rapid growth in demand from the local community.
Construction on the car park is expected to be completed in early 2016.