MNCLHD chairman Warren Grimshaw and health district CEO Stewart Dowrick.
MNCLHD chairman Warren Grimshaw and health district CEO Stewart Dowrick.

Pay for the right to park at health campus

CONSTRUCTION will start in coming months on a second car park at Coffs Harbour Health Campus, but the privilege will come at a cost.

NSW Health officials yesterday met on site to discuss the redevelopment of a vacant parcel of land off Phil Hawthorne Dr that was recently purchased from Coffs Harbour City Council.

Answering questions about the new 450 car park, health officials revealed that paid parking will be introduced at the hospital next year.

A tender strategy will be drafted for a professional company to manage the car park and staff can expect to pay a tax deductible weekly fee of $10 to park their cars.

Public parking fees for visitors will range from $2 to a maximum of $5 per day and concessional rates will apply.

Will you pay for parking at Coffs Harbour Health Campus or park elsewhere and walk?

This poll ended on 22 August 2014.

Current Results

I'll pay the parking fee

55%

I'll park somewhere else and walk

44%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Hospital volunteers will be exempt from the proposed parking fees, the Mid North Coast Local Health District said yesterday.

The proposed fee structure will offer free parking to visitors for the first 30 minutes with a $2 fee introduced for the first hour.

The main entrance of Coffs Harbour Health Campus.
The main entrance of Coffs Harbour Health Campus. TREVOR VEALE

Mid North Coast Local Health District chief executive Stewart Dowrick said construction of the car parking spaces behind the health campus was scheduled to start later this year and commissioning of the new $8 million facility was expected to occur early next year.

"The provision of more than 450 additional car parking spaces will greatly benefit staff, patients and visitors with improved access," Mr Dowrick said.

With the growth of the health campus, there have been complaints about the chronic shortage of car parking, particularly during peak visiting hours.

In addition to the car park, a second hospital entrance will also be built off Phil Hawthorne Dr to benefit patients and visitors travelling to the health campus from Toormina, Sawtell and Boambee East.

Paid parking is deemed necessary at the health campus so NSW Health can pay off a loan that was granted by the State Government to overcome the parking shortage at the hospital. 



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