Still more work to do on hospital parking issues: Mayor
UPDATE 12.10pm: LISMORE mayor Isaac Smith said while it was great to see the resolution for a paid parking fee reduction at Lismore Base Hospital passed in council, there was still more to be done to get the "best mix" of parking options.
"I'm feeling very happy … most of the staff at the hospital and the residents in the surrounding community will hopefully have some relief now that people can park at Dalziell St all day for two dollars," he said.
"We need to manage the parking around the hospital quite closely for a number of years now because we know the hospital itself won't have all the wards open for five years.
"So as they progressively open, council is going to look at the surrounding streets and work out the best mix of parking for visitors, patients and staff."
Cr Smith had made it his election promise to reduce the cost of parking around Lismore Base Hospital.
WEDNESDAY 8.30am: THE price of paid parking in Dalziell Street near Lismore Base Hospital will be reduced from $5 per day to $2 per day from today.
The resolution for the paid parking fee reduction was passed at the final Lismore City Council meeting for 2016 last night.
Council will be monitoring recent parking changes in Hunter Street to identify changes in parking trends before seeking advice from the RMS (Road and Maritime Services) on other changes to parking around the hospital that may be put forward for consideration in the future.
Fit-out work for the hospital redevelopment is still underway, and demand for parking around the hospital is expected to increase significantly over the next three years.
Council has committed to consult with all relevant parties when planning future changes to parking in the health precinct, including the RMS, Northern NSW Local Health District, NSW Nurses and Midwives, the Health Services Union and resident groups.