Westmead Redevelopment walks STEPtember talk for charity, sustainable travel

Sustaining healthy travel … (clockwise from left) Anne O’Loughlin, Lauren McNamara, Carla Edwards, Carissa Kleiman, Tim Mason, Matt Tadorian, Hossein Bidgoli, Nirajan Tamrakar, Robyn Campbell, Anna Chernih and Kirstin Shepherd. The Westmead Redevelopment STEPtember teams also include Jess El Gawly and Ethan Turton.

The team behind the Central Acute Services Building (CASB) and refurbishments across Westmead Health Precinct has stepped up again – this time for charity.

Eager to shine the light on STEPtember and emphasise the benefits of healthy ways to get to work, staff at Westmead Redevelopment continues to keep pace.

Director of Redesign and Transformation at the redevelopment, Carla Edwards, said the team was excited to support the cause for cerebral palsy.

“It’s important we get out and step up for our physical and mental health this month while supporting a great cause in moving together for cerebral palsy,” Carla said.

“We’ve created a number of teams to promote this message and get into some healthy habits.”

Carla said the redevelopment was also tying STEPtember into campaigns for Westmead Health Precinct staff and students to start thinking about how they’re getting to and from work and study.

“We know we’re probably driving a bit more with COVID and less likely to use public transport,” she said.

“But we do have other options to come to Westmead Health Precinct, either through walking, running, cycling and scooters.

“So we’re using this spring to connect important and worthwhile campaigns such as STEPtember and Biketober into the Westmead Redevelopment Sustainable Travel Plan.

“The project’s designed to spread the message about ways to keep you and the environment healthy.”

Carla said the countdown was now on to the opening of the new hospital building (the Central Acute Services Building) in early 2021.

She said the CASB not only provided a new flagship for health, research and education, but offered state-of-the-art provisions to support those eager to leave the car at home.

“These end-of-trip facilities in the new building will be located on Level 1 of the new building.

“The area will include secure external bike cages, lockers, showers, accessible toilet and change facilities.”

Facilities will also provide staff with:

  • Secure internal bike cage with bike repair kit
  • Powerpoints for electric bikes in both cages
  • CCTV and swipe card access

To find out more about the sustainable travel plan, contact the Westmead Redevelopment team at WSLHD-WestmeadProject@health.nsw.gov.au

For more information and to find out how to support STEPtember, visit www.steptember.org.au