Nationals Member for Lismore, Thomas George MP, today announced that the large crane on the site of the $80.25 million Lismore Hospital Redevelopment has been given a name by a local primary school student as part of the Name the Crane competition.

The crane will now be known as ‘Steely Steelo’ - after 8 year old Josie Bligh-Jones of Lismore Heights Public School won the school competition.

Thomas George MP today visited the construction site to award Josie the winning prize, which included a site tour and a gift pack.

The second and third place winners – sisters Isabella (6yrs old) and Alisha McPherson (7yrs old) also of Lismore Heights Public School – took part in a tour of the site and will also receive gift packs.

The primary school students also had the opportunity to meet the crane driver working on the hospital project.

Mr George today thanked everyone across the region who took part in the Name the Crane competition.

“It has been great to see so many of our local primary school students take part in the competition and I thank everyone for their creative entries. The crane will be on site for another 8 months as we see this exciting project taking shape,” he said.

The crane is over 60 metres high and can lift loads up to 12 tonnes. At its maximum radius of 75 metres it is capable of lifting two tonnes.

The Lismore Hospital Redevelopment project will include:

The redevelopment will provide improved access to and equity in the delivery of a wider range of services, and additional capacity to respond to the rapid growth in demand and the needs of the local community.

The Lismore Base Hospital Redevelopment is scheduled for completion in mid-2016.

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
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