Primary school students from throughout South West Queensland are being invited to name the newest addition to the Roma skyline – a 33-metre-high, 60-metre-long tower crane.

The tower crane, which is capable of lifting loads of up to seven tonnes, arrived at the Roma  Hospital Redevelopment site in mid-January.

In celebration of this significant milestone, South West Hospital and Health Service and Watpac are putting the call out to primary students in the South West to Name the Crane.

The winner will have their winning crane name displayed at the construction site and will receive an iPad kindly donated by Watpac.

To participate in the competition, students simply need to obtain an entry form from their school, Name the Crane and colour it in, then return it to:

ATTN: Name the Crane

PO Box 1006

Roma, QLD, 4455

Or email

by Friday, 8 March 2019

Entry is free and the winner, their teacher, principal and four guests will be invited to attend the crane naming ceremony.

South West Hospital and Health Service Chief Executive Linda Patat is encouraging all eligible children to let their creativity shine and submit an entry.

“Name the Crane is a terrific opportunity for kids in the South West to put their stamp on this historic project,” Ms Patat said.

“The new Roma Hospital is being built specifically to meet the needs of the region and will provide state-of- the-art care the entire South West can rely on.

“We are excited to be providing this opportunity to a local child and it will be fantastic to see what ideas they come up with.”

Watpac Project Manager Brett Rosenthal said he was also looking forward to hearing the creative suggestions put forward by the local students.

“The arrival of the tower crane on site marks a significant milestone in the Roma Hospital Redevelopment,” Mr Rosenthal said.

“Work is well underway on site and I am excited that local school students can be involved in this exciting project for the region.”

The new three level Roma Hospital building, which is being constructed adjacent to the existing hospital, has a gross floor area of 12,550 and is being built specifically to meet the needs of the region. Once completed the hospital will provide 22 beds and two birth suites, with departments including emergency, allied health, medical imaging, inpatient wards, pathology, medical records and central sterilising.

Additional facilities to be delivered include theatres, a mortuary, reception, administration areas, staff lounge, training rooms, laundry, kitchen, a cafe and plant rooms. Two new car parks are also included as part of the project which will provide over 220 free parking spaces for hospital visitors.

The new Roma Hospital is part of the Queensland Government’s $180 million Enhancing Regional Hospitals program and will create more than 340 direct and indirect jobs throughout the construction process, upskilling local workers and engaging with local industry.

The redevelopment will be completed in 2020.

For further information:
South West Hospital and Health Service – Stephanie Kay, Public Affairs Officer on 0447 645 315.
Watpac – Amanda Campbell, Corporate Affairs Manager on 0402 023 015.