Neve names first crane

One of the Loddon Mallee’s smaller residents is behind the name of one of Bendigo’s tallest structures.

Wedderburn’s Neve Nisbet is the first winner of the Bendigo Hospital Project’s Name the Cranes competition, held in December.

The seven-year-old came up with the name Ben for the 55m tower crane, which was erected on the weekend and is now in operation on the Bendigo Hospital Project site.

Neve chose the name Ben in honour of the former Bendigo Base Hospital.

Neve, along with her mother, Michelle, and sister, Kelsea, visited the site today to meet the crane driver and Neve was presented with some special items to remember the occasion.

“I’m very excited to meet the crane driver and see the name I chose on the big crane,” Neve said. “I can’t wait to go back to school and tell everyone.”

Northern Victoria member Amanda Millar MLC attended on behalf of the Minister for Health and presented Neve with a certificate of appreciation.

“Congratulations to Neve, who came up with a name that is so clever and so simple,” Ms Millar said.

“The competition is a great way to link the community with the project and we have had strong participation.”

Exemplar Health CEO Michele Morrison said the community connection was critical to the successful delivery of the project.

“Successful delivery of the project relies not only on fulfilling the contractual obligations but also by working with the local community,” she said. “ Initiatives such as the crane naming are a part of that.”

Three more tower cranes will be erected on site over coming months and each will be named by a local child through the Name the Crane competition run by the Victorian Government, Bendigo Health, Exemplar Health and Lend Lease.

The Bendigo Hospital Project is being delivered by Exemplar Health which is a consortium made up of Capella Capital, Siemens, Lend Lease and Spotless.