Thomas George backs more parking at Lismore Base Hospital
FOLLOWING outrage from Lismore Base Hospital workers regarding a lack of car parking for staff, Lismore MP Thomas George has given his guarantee that he will support any fast-tracking of the Stage 2 car park.
"Hospital management have just got to say, 'We need Stage 2 now' and I am just waiting for word," he said.
"I think they are waiting to sort out the issues in relation to the existing (multi-story) car park and when that is sorted out they will know what we need as a community.
"I've got no hesitation whatsoever in supporting a second car park."
This support comes after health workers at Lismore Base hospital levelled their anger over inadequate and costly staff parking squarely at Lismore City Council last week.
A ballot allotted 400 parking permits to the 645 permanent staff who applied.
The lucky ones will have the privilege of parking at the new multi-storey car park for $12 per week.
The 245 unlucky workers, as well as all casuals and contractors, will be forced to park on the street. However, the only all-day paid parking available for hospital workers is in Dalziell Street, with less than 90 spaces available.
Health Services Union (HSU) members said they will be forced to pay $7 a day for parking, equating to $70 a fortnight for the average full-time hospital worker.
Lismore City Council plans to introduce two-hour time-restricted parking in streets surrounding the hospital, meaning that workers without permits can no longer park nearby at all if they miss out on the Dalziell Steet parks.