A NEW 460 space car park will open at Coffs Harbour Health Campus next week, but motorists will be forced to pay to use it.
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the $8-million project, delivered by Health Infrastructure, would be open for business and ready for hospital staff and visitors on Monday.
In line with NSW Health policy for health campuses which are subject to car park redevelopment, there will be the introduction of time-based fees.
The first 30 minutes of parking is free and public parking fees will range from $2 to a maximum of $5 per day.
Concession parking is free for the first three hours, up to a maximum of $2 per day, and full-time staff at the campus will pay a weekly fee of $10.
Hospital volunteers will be exempt from parking fees while volunteering at the health campus.
Community, staff and stakeholder consultation was undertaken in the past 12 months to prepare for the introduction of parking fees.
Mr Fraser said the development had included purchase of land from Coffs Harbour City Council, construction of a new road providing a secondary access to the hospital and construction of the additional car parking spaces.
"I'm pleased to see this new car park open for business and ready for hospital staff and visitors next week," Mr Fraser said.
Car parking at CHHC will be managed by Care Park on behalf of the Mid North Coast Local Health District.