Lismore City Council Senior Ranger Jody Hinds
Lismore City Council Senior Ranger Jody Hinds Melissa Gulbin

Free parking for those in midst of hospital construction

LISMORE City Council has achieved the impossible by pacifying most Dalziell St residents living amid the Lismore Base Hospital construction zone, with its free parking strategy.

Now that Dalziell St parking is complete, free resident parking permits are available for local residents who do not have access to parking, or have limited off-street parking at their home address.

The 26 senior residents at 19 Dalziell St, a unit owned by Baptist Community Care, were mainly concerned carers and family would have to pay to visit.

"We have these visitor parking permits but I have a cleaner come in once a week because of my hip," said Rhonda Ellis, 70.

Mrs Ellis also claimed there was a shortfall of three resident parking permits.

However, council's senior ranger Jody Hinds said residents could reapply for more visitor permits.

Mr Hinds said while a resident parking permit did not guarantee residents an on-street parking spot, it did exempt residents from time-limited parking zones and therefore hefty parking fines.

The scheme is part of the broader Lismore Base Hospital Car Parking Strategy, adopted by council in December. It is designed to ease car parking congestion in the hospital precinct and ensure parity with parking costs at the new multi-level car park for visitors.

The strategy also includes progressive upgrades of residential streets in the precinct. Work in Dalziell St is now complete, and Laurel and Hunter streets roadworks will begin once the multi-level car park is open.

"We have been surrounded by construction and it has not been much fun but I expect it will be much better now that the construction of the carpark is done," said Mrs Ellis.

She said community consultation was adequate.

"They have sent lots and lots of communication with the parking but it changes. You have to be online constantly," she said.

"They have done their best. I wouldn't like to liaise with 26 units in this block over who gets a pass and who doesn't."

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