Name the Twin Cranes

Meet Darug and Mulan! Year 2 student names tower cranes at Nepean Hospital

Friday 3 July 2020

Two huge construction tower cranes at Nepean Hospital were officially named today as part of the Name the Twin Cranes primary school competition.

The crane names were chosen by Year 2, Kingswood Public School student, Vageesha Kalsara Gunawardene, whose entry was voted the most popular choice by staff from Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD).

NBMLHD Chief Executive, Mrs Kay Hyman said the competition was a fun way to engage local school children in the hospital’s redevelopment.

“We received more than 150 entries from primary school children across our District. There were so many creative entries to choose from, making it hard to pick a winner,” Mrs Hyman said.

Vageesha, who has won a $1000 hardware gift voucher for his school and a replica toy crane to take home, chose Mulan after the legendary Chinese female warrior who was “brave and strong” and ‘Darug’ to represent the local Aboriginal nation.

Kingswood Primary School Principal, Ms Norma Petrocco was thrilled for Vageesha and happy to accept the $1000 hardware gift voucher on behalf of the school.

“We are going to let Vageesha help us decide what improvements should be made to the school using the $1000 gift voucher,” said Ms Petrocco.

The tower cranes are onsite at Nepean Hospital to construct a 14-storey hospital tower, as part Stage 1 of the Nepean Redevelopment.

The Nepean Blue Mountains LHD staff also voted for the best coloured-in entry, which was awarded to 10-year-old Ella Johnson, from Penrith Anglican College. Ella has won a new set of colouring pencils.

A selection of the entry forms will be displayed in the hospital at South Block.

Stage 1 building contractor, CPB Contractors, who generously donated the $1000 hardware gift voucher for the competition, will install large signs near the top of the crane to display their names during the tower’s construction.

Titan Cranes donated the replica toy crane prize.

When complete, the 14-storey clinical tower will feature an expanded emergency department, 12 operating theatres, 18 birthing suites, a neonatal intensive care unit, more than 200 overnight beds and a rooftop helipad.

Construction for Stage 1 is scheduled for completion in late 2021.

Planning is underway for Stage 2 and construction will start following the completion of Stage 1.

Pictured below: (from left) Nepean Hospital Chair Peter Collins with winner Vageesha Kalsara Gunawardene and CPB Contractors Project Manager Robert Vranjesevic​
Pictured below: (from left) Colouring winner Ella Johnson, Nepean Hospital Chair Peter Collins and Health Infrastructure Project Director Mohammad Ashari

Pictured below: (from left) Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Chief Executive Kay Hyman, winners Ella Johnson and Vageesha Kalsara Gunawardene with Nepean Hospital Chair Peter Collins


The Nepean Redevelopment is inviting local primary school students to submit a creative name for the twin cranes being used in the $576 million Stage 1 Nepean Hospital Redevelopment. 

The school of the student with the winning name will be awarded a $1000 gift voucher. 

Primary school students in the Blue Mountains, Penrith, Hawkesbury and Lithgow areas can enter the competition.

To enter, students must submit a coloured-in entry form with a creative name for each of the cranes and provide a brief explanation for why they chose those names.

A giant toy crane will be awarded to the student with the winning names. The student with the best coloured in picture will also win a brand new set of colouring in pencils.

Finalist entry forms will be displayed at the hospital and the winner of the naming competition will be invited to attend a crane-naming ceremony at a date to be announced.

Click here to download an entry form.

Only one entry per child is permitted.

Entry forms can be sent to PO Box 63, Penrith, NSW 2751 or emailed to

Click here for the media release.