Josie Bligh-Jones, 8, of Lismore Heights, is thrilled to have named the crane outside the Lismore Base.
Josie Bligh-Jones, 8, of Lismore Heights, is thrilled to have named the crane outside the Lismore Base. Marc Stapelberg

Josie officially names giant crane's - call it Steely Steelo

IT'S the largest crane to have graced the streets of Lismore, and now, thanks to one young girl, it officially has a name.

The large crane on the site of the $80.25-million Lismore Hospital Redevelopment has been given a name by local primary school student, eight-year-old Josie Bligh-Jones from Lismore Heights Public School as part of the Name the Crane competition.

The crane will now be known as Steely Steelo, a name Josie said she came up with quite easily.

"I just thought, well, the crane's made of steel, so I came up with that," the young girl said.

When she found out her name suggestion had won, she said she was so excited she screamed.

Lismore MP Thomas George visited the construction site on Tuesday to award Josie the winning prize, which included a site tour and a gift pack (which including a mini crane that is now on display in her room, Josie said).

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

Mr George said it was an "unbelievable morning" getting to tour the site with the youngsters.

"To see the joy on the kids' faces. They were really chuffed," Mr George said.

"Steely Steelo! I was suitably impressed - it is steel, but remarkable - It's the biggest crane that's ever been in Lismore.

"To have little Josie name it (it's great), and now that sign (showing the name) will always be there.

"It was suitably named.

"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."

"From the other side of it, it indicates to Lismore that something major is happening and with the $80 million being spent on the Base Hospital - it's great for the town.

"To give people an idea: the height of that crane - if we ever get the chance to finish the hospital off - that would be the height of the hospital."

"That's the issue that I'm taking to the election, to try to get the funding for that stage of the project Stage 3b for the hospital."

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



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