Palmerston Regional Hospital Gains New Garden Area

Palmerston Regional Hospital Gains New Garden Area

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

A Gift Of Wellbeing To Palmerston Regional Hospital

Victor P Taffa

A Larrakia-inspired garden at Palmerston Regional Hospital, funded by the Ichthys LNG construction workforce as a gift to the community, has been officially opened by INPEX General Manager Northern Territory, Roland Houareau, and the Health Minister Natasha Fyles.

“Territorians deserve access to high quality health care, and outdoor landscaped areas can play a vital role in the wellbeing of patients as well as provide an important respite for visitors and family of patients.” Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said.

“I thank INPEX and Ichthys LNG for funding the Palmerston Regional Hospital Wellness Garden to support amenity and real benefits for patient health and wellbeing.”

$300,000 investment from the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG construction workforce funded the design and construction of the Wellness Garden, which provides an outdoor setting where patients and visitors can sit and relax.

“INPEX is proud to be part of the Territory community. We’re here for the long haul and we’re pleased to deliver the garden for the benefit of Territorians for years to come.” INPEX General Manager Northern Territory Roland Houareau said.

Local company Clouston Associates were successful in the Expression of Interest which was open to Darwin based landscape architects.

Garden includes space for personal reflection as well as group gatherings.

Respected Larrakia artist Joe Raymond prepared artwork for the garden, based on the animals and plants associated with the seven-season Larrakia calendar.

Shade and cooling structures feature in the garden and provide protection from the elements.

INPEX worked with Top End Health throughout the design and consultation process of the project, including working with the Palmerston Regional Hospital Cultural Adviser to ensure the Wellness Garden is culturally appropriate.