NAIF backing for hospital car park development
The Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan will fund construction of a 400-space, six-level car park to be built at the hospital’s Pimlico campus.
The project, to be completed in September 2021, is expected to support 12 full-time construction jobs
Northern Australia Minister Keith Pitt said the car park was an element of a 10-year plan by the hospital to upgrade services, including a new X-ray facility, surgery facilities and a medical centre.
“With an expected $7.6 million in public benefit, this support through NAIF once again demonstrates the Government’s ongoing commitment to improving infrastructure in northern Australia,” he said.
Member for Herbert Phillip Thompson said the project was another example of the NAIF funding delivering much-needed infrastructure for Townsville.
“Anyone who’s been to the hospital knows how difficult it can sometimes be to get a parking spot, so this extra capacity will be very welcome,” Mr Thompson said.
“The Mater is an important part of our city’s health offering, and it’s a great sign of confidence that they’re embarking on this project so soon after opening the state-of-the-art Mercy Centre.”
Last month saw the opening of a $52 million extension and redevelopment at the Pimlico campus, including a new X-ray facility, new day surgery unit and four new digitally integrated operating theatres.
Mater Health regional executive director Gerard Wyvill said the carpark at the Pimlico campus would improve accessibility for patients and visitors.
The infrastructure would also support current projects, which included relocation and development of the specialist Maternity and Special Care Unit and the construction of a medical specialist centre, he said.
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