02 June 2023

Wagga Wagga Base Hospital's new six-level multi-storey car park has been officially opened today, providing more than 350 additional free car spaces for patients, staff and visitors.

Minister for Regional Health Ryan Park said this marks the completion of the $30 million car park project which has delivered multiple car parks and significantly boosted parking capacity across the campus.

"This final piece of infrastructure will be invaluable in improving access to healthcare services for the entire community," Mr Park said.

"We know families are doing it tough and every cent counts, which is why I am really pleased patients, their visitors and hospital staff now have access to hundreds of free parking spots."

Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Regional Health Dr Michael Holland MP was joined by Member for Wagga Wagga Dr Joe McGirr as he officially opened the carpark today.

The Wagga Wagga Base Hospital Multi-Storey Car Park project was delivered in three stages and includes:

  • 81 free car spaces for staff on Yathong Street, completed in September 2021;
  • 150 free car spaces for staff on Docker Street, completed in December 2022;
  • 350 additional free car spaces in a multi-storey car park for patients, staff and visitors;
  • The installation of almost 2000 solar panels across four areas on campus, allowing the hospital to generate its own clean, renewable energy; and
  • Provision for eight EV (electric vehicle) charging stations on the ground floor

Dr Holland said these initiatives demonstrate the NSW Government's commitment to environmental sustainability.

"Wagga Wagga Base Hospital is doing everything it can to reduce its carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions, and support clean, sustainable and affordable energy," Dr Holland said.

"The use of solar energy not only reduces the hospital's carbon emissions, it also significantly reduces electricity costs for the hospital."

Member for Wagga Wagga Dr Joe McGirr said he was really pleased to see the carpark being used by patients, visitors and staff members.

"This carpark is important, and it will make a big difference for members of the local community who are visiting loved ones in hospital," Dr McGirr said.

The project follows the $431 million Wagga Wagga Health Service Redevelopment which was completed in 2021.

Wagga Wagga Base Hospital car park project - images