No end to costly park­ing

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - KIRSTIN PAYNE

GOLD Coast­ers will con­tinue to spend up big on hospi­tal park­ing as the State Gov­ern­ment con­sid­ers op­tions.

Se­cure Park­ing charges $17 a day at the Gold Coast Univer­sity Hospi­tal (GCUH) while the pub­licly owned Robina Hospi­tal car park is just $5.

The GCUH car park deal was agreed to un­der a State Gov­ern­ment de­ci­sion at the time of the build.

Se­cure has con­sis­tently told the Bul­letin it does not con­trol the price of the fees. How­ever, the State Gov­ern­ment ar­gues the agree­ment with Se­cure merely caps the price with CPI.

Both would not go into de­tails of the con­tract as they were “com­mer­cial in con­fi­dence”.

Health Min­is­ter Steven Miles yes­ter­day said he was still look­ing into the is­sue and re­it­er­ated the Gov­ern­ment’s com- mit­ment to build fu­ture car parks to en­sure affordable rates.

“The Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment are spend­ing more money than ever be­fore on hospi­tal car park­ing con­ces­sions,” he said.

“We will con­tinue to look at park­ing af­ford­abil­ity op­tions.”

The is­sue blew up this week when Gold Coast mother Donna Watts Smith told the Bul­letin she could not visit her sick daugh­ter Sam­mie in hospi­tal ev­ery day be­cause of the $17a-day park­ing fees. Sam­mie has cys­tic fi­bro­sis and is of­ten in hospi­tal for weeks on end.

South­port Sharks man­ager Chris Jones, who helped es­tab­lish the club’s $6-a-day park­ing fa­cil­ity in 2015 to help hospi­tal fam­i­lies and staff, said the de­mand for park­ing was l strong.

“We did it to help the com­mu­nity and we are still busy when it comes to daily park­ing,” he said.


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