Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles
Free Multistorey Carpark At Royal Darwin Hospital Now Open
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory Government has delivered on another job creating election commitment with the delivery of Royal Darwin Hospital’s new free multistorey carpark that is now open to patients, visitors and staff.
“Free multistorey carpark is an election commitment from the Territory Government, and supported 150 jobs during the construction phase.” Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said.
“We promised to increase the car parks and make them free, and that has happened.”
New facility created over 150 jobs during the construction phase, including 9 Indigenous trainees, and provides 340 additional parking spaces at the hospital, increasing the total to 448.
“Completion of the multi-story carpark delivers on another important election promise.” Member for Casuarina Lauren Moss said.
“Fast tracked Royal Darwin Hospital carpark provides 448 car parking spaces for staff, visitors and patients easing access to health services.”
Local construction company Sunbuild Pty Ltd won the $12 Million contract, with final designs providing for a 6-storey carpark.
Design allows for 1 additional floor to be added as the population expands.
Additional parking will significantly reduce pressure on Carpark 1 and the ED Carpark, improving access and availability for emergency and vulnerable patients.
“Having access to well lit, secure, monitored and easily accessible parking is essential for hospital staff.” RDH Director of Nursing Jenny O’Shoughnessy said.
“Afternoon shift nursing staff, often finish their shifts late at night. This new carpark will mean that these staff members can feel confident and safe when walking back to their cars at the end of shift.”
“We thank staff and patients for their continued patience during the construction period.” Minister Fyles said.
Free carpark welcomed the first patients, visitors and staff at RDH from 5 pm on Thursday 1 November, 2018.