Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has welcomed news that the final contract for the Rockhampton Hospital Carpark was signed off today.
“This news will be a huge relief for patients, hospital staff and residents around The Range and Wandal Heights who have endured a parking nightmare for years now,” Ms Landry said.
“I promised at the 2016 election that we would put $7,000,000 on the table to get it started, and today this has been delivered.”
Hospital carparks are usually the responsibility of the state government, but lack of action and ongoing frustration spurred Ms Landry to take matters into Liberal National hands.
“We shamed the state government into action because we know what a difference vital infrastructure makes to lives and business operations.
“I am so pleased that the Deed of Agreement has been signed off for delivery and construction can now begin.
The project will construct a 524 space multi-storey car park facility, an additional 44 space at-grade car park, ancillary works including roadworks, a temporary car parking solution (during construction), barriers and ticketing.
“From here on construction and management is in the hands of the State Government, but according to the contract it is scheduled for completion in January 2019.
“I am both relieved and proud to have delivered this for every person who has had the displeasure of trying to find a park at the hospital, and for the residents who for years have had their streets looking like game night at the Gabba on a daily basis.”