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Hospital expansion boon for construction apprentices

Campbelltown Hospital’s new $34.1 million multi-level car park is offering apprentices and cadets the opportunity to start their careers in the construction industry.

Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves was a special guest at a ceremony marking the car park reaching its highest point when apprentices and trainees were congratulated on their contribution to the development.

“There are three cadets in structured training and six apprentices working on the car park project in different roles,’’ Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals general manager Alison Derrett said.

“As well as supporting local jobs and investment in the community, it is fantastic the $632 million stage two hospital redevelopment is providing opportunities for young people to kick-start their careers in the construction industry.’’

Ms Derrett said she was delighted the car park had reached its highest point and was nearing completion.

Andrew Stefaniak, apprentice electrician, Kristian Francis, site cadet, Hamza Sajadi, site cadet, and Member for Camden Peter Sidgreaves.

“The car park has more than 800 spaces over seven levels of parking and will provide our patients, staff and community with improved parking well into the future,’’ Ms Derrett said.

“This is a fantastic milestone for our hospital and community.’’

The car park’s “topping out” ceremony honoured a Scandinavian tradition of placing an evergreen tree at the highest point of the building to appease tree-dwelling spirits displaced in its construction.

The evergreen tree will be planted later in the hospital grounds.

Construction of the multi-storey car park started in late 2018 and is expected to be completed in early 2020.

The NSW Government is investing $632 million in the Campbelltown Hospital stage two redevelopment, which will include an expanded emergency department, a new intensive care unit, upgraded maternity and paediatric services and enhanced diagnostic services, including more medical imaging equipment.

The 2019-20 budget for South Western Sydney Local Health District is $2 billion. This is an increase of $94 million on the previous financial year’s annualised budget.

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