Hospital parking debate back on table
LISMORE councillor Greg Bennett has announced his intention to move a motion at the June Lismore City Council meeting to reduce parking fees in the Lismore Base Hospital precinct.
“Last week I gave notice that I will be moving Notice of Motions (NOM) to amend Councils LBH Parking Plan. The first to make the plan more affordable for staff and the second to decrease fees and increase parking times in the short term paid parking areas (for patients and visitors).
“I think it is obscene that council is charging more for sick patients and hospital workers,” he said.
“Staff at the LBH will struggle to be able to afford the parking fees which could amount to $1200 per year just to park on the street. The new parking station will charge workers about half that. I will be seeking to bring on street paid parking into line with that of the parking station as well as increasing the supply of all day car parks.”
The second motion will address the affordability of short term paid parking by reducing fees and increasing parking times once again to bring this into line with the new parking station.
“Mayor Jenny Dowell said she would not be supporting the motion. “I believe that council had got the balance right,” she said.
She said council has already agreed to reducing the all-day staff parking fee from $7 per day to $5. Also, the tabled Council report on parking infrastructure made it clear that hospital administration would manage the parking needs of hospital staff, and that concerns for hospital staff parking expressed by the Health Services Union needed to be resolved between the Union and the hospital administration.
Cr Dowell said staff already walked distances to their car parks and said workers’ safety was clearly the responsibility of the hospital.