Parking facilities at the hospital are currently undergoing a substantial, multi-million dollar upgrade which is scheduled to finish late in September 2020. The works will provide the hospital with 52 additional car park spaces, and 8 accessible parking spaces, improve the traffic and pedestrian flow and improve staff and patient safety.
The Hartley House Car Park has been re-designed and re-paved, resulting in additional parking spaces for visitors and staff. The Main Car Park and “Tennis Court” car park are being brought to the same level and merged, resulting in a further increase in parking spaces (and a wonderful view of the mountains). The roundabout, which prevented large vehicles from entering the hospital has been removed, and the access road will be re-paved. Several new walkways have been constructed allowing easier inter-building access.
New walkway under construction
Main Car Park view
Main Car Park view 3
Hartley House parking
Hartley House new parking
BHAG was pleased to have been invited to participate in the planning process by MNCLHD.
As a result we have been able to work co-operatively with the hospital and the earthworks company AJ Civil Projects throughout the project.
In addition to the earthworks, weed trees have been removed, wood much has been made available to the volunteer gardeners, several mature Elkhorn and Staghorn ferns have been relocated to the Hewitt Arboretum, the entrance to the arboretum has been cleared and mulched, and the time capsule which was located in the old roundabout has been preserved for later installation at the entrance to the main hospital building.
Our mulch pile
Staghorn – it will recover
Arboretum entrance tidied
Newly mulched beds
BHAG looks forward to continued co-operation with the Mid North Coast Local Health District on future upgrading and improvements to the Bellinger River District Hospital.
On Wednesday 15th June 2016, twelve months of hard work by the BHAG Volunteer Gardeners was recognised at the official opening ceremony of the Patient Wellness Garden.
Patient Wellness Garden plaque
The ceremony was attended by MNCLHD senior management, Bellingen Council, the Lions Club, members of the Gumbaynggirr community, BHAG Volunteer Gardeners, the Pink Ladies Auxiliary, the Foster Family, hospital staff and numerous other community organisations and individuals who had all played a part in bringing the PWG project to its successful conclusion.
You can read the full story and see more photos by following this link to the BHAG Volunteer Gardeners website: Patient Wellness Garden Opening Ceremony
Welcome to Country
The Smoking Ceremony
Dedication of the Carl Foster Memorial Gazebo
Dedication of the Birdbath
In January, Bellingen Shire Council wrote to BHAG commending us on our exemplary delivery of the Environmental Levy Community Fund Project – the Patient Wellness Garden at Bellingen Hospital. We were thrilled to receive this letter, and heard on the grapevine that ours was the best documented community project ever!
This month, BHAG was delighted to receive a letter of thanks from the Mid North Coast Local Health District’s Chief Executive, Stewart Dowrick, thanking both the BHAG Committee and the Volunteer Gardeners for their support during 2015.
On Wednesday 10th June, Bellingen Hospital held a morning tea to celebrate the installation of a solar hot water system for Hartley House, and to thank the members of the community responsible for pushing the project to completion.
You can read a potted history of the 9 year battle to install solar hot water at Bellingen Hospital by clicking on the link below …
Solar Hot Water Bellingen Hospital History
And you can read Barb Moore’s celebration speech to see who contributed to the success of this project …
Barb’s presentation Solar Hot Water Celebration
This is another great day for the Bellingen community!