Ange Karooz, General Manager St George Hospital, said Primary school students from St Patrick’s Catholic School and Carlton South Public School along with Lorikeet Daycare, paediatric patients, and children of staff are all being encouraged to enter.
“We want the children to be as creative as they can and give the crane a special name.” Ms Karooz said.
“This stage of the St George Hospital redevelopment is exciting for the local community. It’s great to see our youngest residents getting involved and we’ve had some excellent submissions so far.”
Ms Karooz said the arrival of the crane marks another important step in the delivery of the $411 million Integrated Ambulatory Care Precinct, which will bring new and existing health services together under the one roof, improving access for patients and their carers.
“It is fantastic to see the redevelopment taking shape, which will deliver outpatient, ambulatory and integrated care services, pathology specimen collection, a new day rehabilitation unit, increased sub-acute and rehabilitation inpatient beds, and palliative care,” Ms Karooz said.
Mark Cahalin, Project Manager at construction company BESIX Watpac, said he is looking forward to helping choose the winning name, alongside representatives from Health Infrastructure and St George Hospital.
“This initiative presents a wonderful opportunity for our project delivery team to build meaningful relationships within our community,” Mr Cahalin said.
Students must submit a coloured-in entry form with a creative name for the crane and provide a brief explanation for why they chose that name, with children five and under encouraged to take part in a colouring competition.
Entry forms must be submitted by Friday 10 November 2023.