Car parking at the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) in Burnie has become easier following the opening of a new 180 space multi-storey car park funded by the State Government.
The new car park will ensure safer and easier access to parking for all NWRH users, as well as significantly improve the flow of traffic around the site.
The new car park takes the total number of parks available to 550 – a significant improvement on the limited parking which frustrated patients, visitors and staff in the past.
Other features of the new cark include under-cover parking, increased security and safety with closed circuit television, improved lighting, better pedestrian signage and reduced accident risk.
The inclusion of CCTV monitoring, as well as improved lighting, have also greatly improved the safety of the car park.
The $5.5 million project includes the new car park and relocation of the NWRH entrance road and was completed by Tasmanian company, Hazell Bros.
The road was relocated as part of preliminary works to make room to build the North West Regional Cancer Centre. Hazell Brothers is also installing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine onsite at the hospital.
Local Tasmanians were employed to complete the significant project.
The car park is the first of five major capital works projects to be delivered at NWRH.
Works are progressing rapidly on the multi-million dollar Cancer Centre project, which is being jointly funded by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.
Works are also continuing to expand and redevelop the Emergency Department, construct a brand new 18-bed Rehabilitation Ward and install the MRI machine.
A consultation process on the introduction of car parking fees is currently underway.