A COLLAPSING brick wall at the former Orange Base Hospital site could have been a disaster, according to Cr Glenn Taylor who discovered the collapse on Sunday night while walking home after the Group 10 rugby league grand final.
He is now pleading with NSW Health Infrastructure (HI), which is in charge of the site, and other stakeholders to quickly finalise a plan for what he says is an eyesore and a white elephant in the centre of Orange.
The brick and cement block wall at the rear of the former nurses’ quarters on the corner of Sale and Dalton streets masked the car park area at the rear of the building erected in the 1970s.
“If a mother and a baby were walking past with a pram potentially that could have been a disaster,” Cr Taylor said.
“And the design of the wall with holes in the blocks is something that would appeal to a curious child to climb up.
“What is happening here is indicative of how the whole site is deteriorating.”
Yesterday afternoon representatives of HI inspected the collapsed wall.
A HI spokesperson said security patrols in the former hospital area would be stepped up.
“It is believed to have occurred by vandals overnight,” the HI spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said HI held discussions with Orange City Council early yesterday to put in place temporary measures at the site, including a council barricade around the area of the collapsed wall to divert pedestrian traffic.
The spokesperson said in the next few weeks HI would announce future plans for the old hospital precinct.
CareWest recently announced it was taking over the former Apex House and Anson Cottage area of the old hospital site to redevelop it as a community hub for disability and other services.