ALarrakia-inspired garden at Palmerston Regional Hospital, funded by the IchthysLNG construction workforce as a gift to the community, has been officiallyopened by INPEX General Manager NorthernTerritory, Roland Houareau, and the Health Minister Natasha Fyles.
The $300,000 investmentfrom the INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG construction workforce funded the design andconstruction of the Wellness Garden, which provides an outdoor setting wherepatients and visitors can sit and relax.
Local company Clouston Associates weresuccessful in the Expression of Interest which was open to Darwin basedlandscape architects.
The garden includes space for personalreflection as well as group gatherings.
Respected Larrakiaartist Joe Raymond prepared artwork for the garden, based on the animals andplants associated with the seven-season Larrakia calendar.
Shade and cooling structures feature inthe garden and provide protection from the elements.
INPEX worked with Top End Healththroughout the design and consultation process of the project, including workingwith the Palmerston RegionalHospital Cultural Adviser to ensure the Wellness Garden is culturallyappropriate.
As stated by the Minister for Health,Natasha Fyles:
Territorians deserve access to highquality health care, and outdoor landscaped areas can play a vital role in thewellbeing of patients as well as provide an important respite for visitors andfamily of patients.
I thank INPEX and Ichthys LNG forfunding the Palmerston Regional Hospital Wellness Garden to support amenity andreal benefits for patient health and wellbeing.
Quotesfrom INPEX General Manager Northern Territory, Roland Houareau:
INPEX is proud to bepart of the Territory community.
Were here for thelong haul and were pleased to deliver the garden for the benefit ofTerritorians for years to come.