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The monster car park for Woden (at the hospital)

By johnboy 17 November 2008 51

Having given her buddies at the Canberra Times a head start (watch for a glowing feature in the future) Katie Gallagher has publicly announced that she’s interested in what you think of a 9 story free public car park for Woden.

She’s promising the following features:

  • 64 disabled parking spaces and 54 motorcycle parking spaces
  • decks designed for simple traversing whilst looking for a parking space and easy exit from the structure at all levels
  • well lit and include traffic and pedestrian movement sensor activation
  • a CCTV security system including duress buttons and a PA system

In all the thing will have 1880 car spaces.

The money is apparently coming out of the health budget.

You can email your thoughts on it to yourhealthourpriority@act.gov.au before 5 December.


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gun street girl 5:33 pm 18 Nov 08

housebound said :

When did hospitals start being there for admin rather than patients?

A long time ago, judging by the way the place runs at the moment. Don’t get me started. 😉

Granny 12:09 pm 18 Nov 08

Skidbladnir said :

I was a monster (just shy of 10lb) baby…

Ok, your mum is a legend.

: )

Skidbladnir 11:42 am 18 Nov 08

I was a monster (just shy of 10lb) baby… My wife\babymother (whoever she may eventually be) will have my respect if she ever decides to go non-caesarean.

Feathergirl, I have a recipe for a carrot and pineapple cake if you want it. You’re going to be a mother, eat whatever you like…

People will give you all kinds of conflicting advice, just do whatever feels appropriate and doesn’t sound like it’ll hurt your baby. You’re the mum, you know best.
Baby screams have evolved specifically to make you feel bad about whatever made the baby scream, but apparently you learn to deal with it.

NB: I am a childless man, so know nothing about full-term pregnancy except what female family and friends have let me in on.

Granny 11:26 am 18 Nov 08

Having a nine or ten pound dreadnought baby is a badge of honour, ant. I’ve only ever cooked up seven and eight pounders myself!

ant 11:10 am 18 Nov 08

Granny said :

So when is young Baby Feathergirl or Featherboy due exactly?

By the sounds of it, it won’t be very feather-like. More like a Dreadnought.

poptop 10:53 am 18 Nov 08

And dairy – if there is enough cream cheese frosting!

Granny 10:46 am 18 Nov 08

Yes, it has plenty of vegetables!

*hehe*

poptop 10:35 am 18 Nov 08

Carrotcake is good for building babies; you shouldn’t worry unless you are craving deepfried, battered bacon.

Granny 9:54 am 18 Nov 08

So when is young Baby Feathergirl or Featherboy due exactly?

Feathergirl 9:52 am 18 Nov 08

Thanks Poptop, MWF and Granny, I will definately be getting my husband to drop me off at the hospital next appointment!

P.S. I am still a bad mother as I just polished off a large piece of carrot cake at 9:30am in the morning (I have had breakfast before that too)and am going to go searching the work fridges for more food. I am ‘a remorseless eating machine’ to quote The Simpsons.

ant 9:18 am 18 Nov 08

If it’s really such a big carpark, it’ll become a de-facto park n ride for southsiders heading to civic.

Jim Jones 9:12 am 18 Nov 08

radonezh said :

sepi: no offence, but which is more important: health services or parking?

It’s not an either/or argument. BOTH are needed.

Following the ‘what is more important …’ argument, we wouldn’t bother having community festivals or fixing up street lamps because, ‘what’s more important …’

The fact that the money is coming out of the health budget is really neither here nor there, the cost will undoubtedly be factored into the health budget when the money is divvied out.

Nothing wrong with a decent investment in long-term infrastructure I say. If only they’d planned the Gunghalin overpass with the same kind of long-term view.

housebound 8:41 am 18 Nov 08

gun street girl said :

What I understand is that much of it will simply be built upon – for example, Building 3 looks to be inheriting a few more storeys. I’m not sure what on earth they intend to do by moving ED again, and I sincerely hope they are not serious about turning the tower block into administration areas.

[gun street girl]

I thought up to half of some new sections were to be admin, but this sounds even more extreme. When did hospitals start being there for admin rather than patients?

rosie_bubz 6:58 am 18 Nov 08

Xbikee said :

… and that million dollar carpark ocross the road from the TCH is temporary, so WILL be torn up.

oh right, well that was a good old waste of money, i spose that came out of the health fund as well

Cantily 6:34 am 18 Nov 08

Well if it stops hospital people taking up all the parking spaces at Garran Primary School then I’m all for it. The amount of times I’ve had to go in for a meeting at the school and found no free spots – very frustrating and I have heard from the teachers that they are almost at their wits end – if they don’t get to their place of employment by 8.15am then they can forget parking close by the school. Obviously there is a serious parking shortfall in Garran (or some people just can’t be bothered parking in the official spots). Don’t know about it coming from health funding though…

Xbikee 5:56 am 18 Nov 08

There will be portable [well, mobile anyway] operating theatres, and the current big help desk in the foyer will become a theatre … all exciting and very public know ledge. Just where the heli-go-copter will be landing is still under discussion… and that million dollar carpark ocross the road from the TCH is temporary, so WILL be torn up.

gun street girl 10:59 pm 17 Nov 08

Xbikee said :

Yep …the ground level tarmac you can now see at TCH will be no more…it is ALL being built on, hence the NEED for a really really big carpark first and for after. Logic. The whole hosiptal except for the toweer is going to be rebuilt, plus the huge mental health facility. All this has been public know less for a long time folks.

What I understand is that much of it will simply be built upon – for example, Building 3 looks to be inheriting a few more storeys. I’m not sure what on earth they intend to do by moving ED again, and I sincerely hope they are not serious about turning the tower block into administration areas.

radonezh 10:50 pm 17 Nov 08

Xbikee: mental health facility I can understand – this place is full of nutjobs 🙂

Xbikee 10:45 pm 17 Nov 08

Yep …the ground level tarmac you can now see at TCH will be no more…it is ALL being built on, hence the NEED for a really really big carpark first and for after. Logic. The whole hosiptal except for the toweer is going to be rebuilt, plus the huge mental health facility. All this has been public know less for a long time folks.

gun street girl 10:32 pm 17 Nov 08

radonezh said :

gun street girl said :

Looks as though that might be slated for removal, hence the plans for a new mega multi-storey.

Yeah, well, I didn’t seen anything wrong with the existing ones.. they looked fine to me.

There’s nothing wrong with the existing ones – it’s just that there appears to be long term plans to push the hospital buildings out towards the existing multi-level car park (amongst other – let’s say questionable – ideas about expansion of the campus itself), hence, it’ll need replacement.

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