Car park no health bonus

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - KIRSTIN PAYNE

THE Gold Coast Health ser­vice has yet to re­ceive a sin­gle dol­lar for the pri­vate car park that is op­er­at­ing on pub­lic land at the Gold Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal.

A deal be­tween State Govern­ment and Se­cure Park­ing signed in 2010 al­lows the op­er­a­tor to charge users up to $17 a day for park­ing while they visit sick fam­ily mem­bers or friends.

The Bul­letin has pre­vi­ously re­vealed the costs have forced fam­i­lies to limit hos­pi­tal vis­its be­cause they could no longer af­ford the ex­or­bi­tant fees.

But the Gold Coast Health annual re­port says that more than eight years since the deal was signed, the health sys­tem is yet to re­ceive a sin­gle cent. The deal is in place un­til 2041.

The con­tract with the park­ing op­er­a­tor stip­u­lated it build, own and op­er­ate the Gold Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal western car park on land owned by Gold Coast Health.

“There was no rev­enue re“The Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 3

ceived from (Se­cure Park sub­sidiary) SurePark Pty Ltd and no up­front pay­ments made,” the re­port read. “The agree­ment pro­vides for Gold Coast Health to re­ceive a por­tion of rev­enue if cer­tain con­di­tions are met. A re­li­able es­ti­mate can­not yet be de­ter­mined.”

Gold Coast Health was un­able to pro­vide de­tails on the “cer­tain con­di­tions’’ re­ferred to in the doc­u­ment.

con­tract with the op­er­a­tor of the Gold Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal car park is com­mer­cial-in-con­fi­dence and we can­not pro­vide fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the spe­cific terms,” a health spokes­woman told the Bul­letin.

Gold Coast Health did not con­trol the fa­cil­ity and there­fore it was not recog­nised as an as­set.

In Oc­to­ber, Health Min­is­ter Steven Miles told the Bul­letin the Govern­ment would con­tinue to look at park­ing af­ford­abil­ity op­tions with the Gold Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal.

But this week Dr Miles was un­able to de­tail what progress had been made or what con­tact his of­fice may have had with Se­cure Park­ing.

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

“How­ever, we’re al­ways con­sid­er­ing ways to ease the cost bur­den on pa­tients and their fam­i­lies.”

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