Early works commenced today to prepare for the new multi-deck car park at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital with the first sod turned by the Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward.

Mrs Hancock said the NSW Government’s $10.8 million project once complete would increase parking at the hospital, taking its overall capacity to 545 spaces.

“Today marks the beginning of works to prepare the site for the construction of the multi-deck car park and the delivery of 55 ground-level spaces that will be available while construction of the main car park is underway,” Mrs Hancock said.

“Construction will begin on the multi-deck car park later this year.

“The new five split-level car park will provide more than 220 new spaces in addition to the 80 ground level spaces being constructed as early works.

“This is a fantastic day for the community and the first step towards progressing an upgraded hospital.

“The multi deck car park project is the first step of many the NSW Government will take to prepare the site for the future and ensure it can meet future demand.

“It is in addition to the $50 million already invested in the hospital over recent years including the reconfiguration and expansion of the Emergency Department, the addition of a dedicated Endoscopy Suite, refurbishment of Medical Ward B to provide a purpose-designed Aged Care Unit and construction of the Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre and Sub-Acute Mental Health Unit.

“The Shoalhaven is one of the fastest growing regions outside of Sydney and it is vital we take action to prepare our local hospital to meet future demand as well as support its hard working doctors, nurses and staff,” Mrs Hancock said.