Hospital’s bid to gain car parks
TOWNSVILLE Hospital will look for ways to tap into new State Government funding to reduce parking costs.
Health Minister Cameron Dick has announced the Government would spend $ 7.5 million to help 12 Queensland public hospitals to make way for 100,000 free and discounted car spaces each year over four years.
Townsville Hospital and Health Board chairman Tony Mooney said he would be looking at how Townsville could tap into the funding.
“The Townsville Hospital has a … policy which includes concessions, which deliver free car parking for staff and the lowest paid public parking fees of any public hospital in Queensland, including discounted rates for people who regularly visit the hospital,” he said.
“We will be carefully examining how we can take advantage of this funding to provide even more concessional car parking.”
Mr Mooney said in the past 12 months the hospital had opened 50 more public car parking spaces outside the Townsville Cancer Centre, while a newly completed major $ 3.1 million expansion of the eastern campus car park now had 326 sealed staff car parking spaces.
“Additionally, the Townsville HHS has recently secured an agreement to use James Cook University land, which has delivered a further 40 staff car parking spaces,” he said.
“The board has also identified a series of future projects which will deliver an estimated additional 250 additional staff … spaces by next year.”
The updgrades come after the Bulletin reported that hospital staff had been parking up to 20 minutes away or parking illegally and risking fines.
The concessional parking scheme announced by the State Government is intended for patients and carers experiencing financial hardship, those who need to attend hospital for an extended period of time or frequently, and those with special needs.
Parking at Townsville Hospital is free for the first hour and $ 5 a day. Weekly parking is available for $ 10.