To celebrate the “Topping Out” ceremony, an event held to signify a construction project reaching its highest point, a number of dignitaries braved wet and stormy weather on 26 February to visit Campbelltown Hospital and take part in the festivities.
NSW Premier, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Health and Medical Research, the Hon. Brad Hazzard, joined Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves and Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith, to scale the heights of the 12-storey clinical services building, joining workers and the redevelopment team in commemorating the occasion.
Premier Berejiklian said she was “absolutely amazed” at the progress made to deliver the new hospital.
“I remember seeing the once-concrete slab here not too long ago. To be able to come here now and experience 12-storeys of a clinical services
building which will provide critical health services to the Macarthur region is a very exciting prospect.”
Minister Hazzard said the Macarthur landscape was now dominated by 12-storeys of 21st century health facilities.
“We’re building new hospitals all over the state. In the regions and in the cities. CPB have been building a number of those hospitals – so thank you to all of the people who are involved with CPB, you are an amazing group of people doing amazing things.”
“This hospital will make a huge difference for a growing local community,” he said. “This is a labour of love for the south west community and we appreciate it very much,” he said.
The Eucalypt tree for the occasion has been growing in a local nursery alongside dozens of trees and plants that will feature across the hospital campus on completion of the new building. Hand selected to be the star feature of the occasion, the tree – almost four metres in height – will be the first to be planted onsite.