COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - New Maitland Hospital Topping Out Ceremony

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland)—After nearly ten years of planning, the New Maitland Hospital recently hit its maximum height and a Topping Out ceremony was conducted to mark this significant milestone. I pay special tribute to the local and regional workers whose labour and craftsmanship were integral in creating this vital community facility.

The $470-million hospital is providing 5,000 jobs throughout the construction and there are approximately 500 jobs currently on the ground. When the new hospital opens in 2022, there will be additional new jobs for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, cleaners and other associated health workers to join our hard working health workers in Maitland.

Thanks to the Maitland Community Unions Alliance and members of the community who worked to ensure that our new hospital will be a fully public hospital, accessible to all with a broader range of services to meet the needs of our growing community.

This hospital will be truly owned and operated by all of us, for all of us. I celebrate the unity of spirit that allowed us to achieve this goal, and thank all of the workers involved for your outstanding contribution on this great project for Maitland.