Parking boost for Murwillumbah patients
NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Member for Lismore Thomas George announced that a re-elected Baird Government will expand the Murwillumbah Hospital car park to ease pressure for patients and staff.
Mr Grant said the $120,000 investment will increase the car park by 40 spaces and work will get underway if the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is re-elected on March 28.
“Car parking pressures have been identified as a problem at Murwillumbah Hospital, which is why these new spaces are essential to ease the stress felt by both patients and staff,” Mr Grant said.
“Having to go to hospital as a patient or visitor can be a stressful experience and this investment will help take some of the burden off and provide ease and convenience for all.
“Thomas George has worked hard to get this funding for his local community because as their local representative he understands the issues that concern them.”
Health Minister Jillian Skinner said the Liberals & Nationals Government is getting on with the job of improving health services for rural and regional communities.
“Nearly every patient survey identifies the lack of parking as a major issue and the Baird Government is getting on with the job of fixing this problem for patients, staff and visitors at Murwillumbah Hospital,” Mrs Skinner said.
“This funding complements the $1.7 million invested by the Liberals & Nationals Government to upgrade Murwillumbah Hospital’s emergency department, which has made a huge difference to the experience of patients and staff.”
Mr George welcomed the funding saying parking has been a concern for local patients and their loved ones.
“I’ve been advocating for an improvement to car parking at Murwillumbah Hospital for some time and I’m pleased the Liberals & Nationals Government is improving this service for my local community,” Mr George said.
“Today’s announcement complements a number of health projects in Northern NSW, including today’s $180 million pre-election commitment to complete Lismore Hospital’s redevelopment, the $80.25 million upgrade to Lismore Hospital - which is already underway, the new Murwillumbah Hospital emergency department, the new ambulance station at Murwillumbah, the new Multi-Purpose Service for Bonalbo and enhancements of local aeromedical services.”