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Hospital staff are boycotting paid parking areas around the Lismore Base Hospital. (pic Facebook)
Hospital staff are boycotting paid parking areas around the Lismore Base Hospital. (pic Facebook)

A nursing staff boycott of paid parking areas around the Lismore Base Hospital has prompted yet another councillor to push for a better deal.

Cr Gianpiero Battista has lodged a notice of motion for tomorrow’s meeting calling on the council to direct 50 per cent of fees collected from paid parking into an fund to provide new parking around the hospital and local government area, and subsidise low income families and hospital staff.

His motion follows mounting anger from hospital staff, especially nurses and midwives, who have boycotted new paid parking areas around the hospital, instead parking further away in residential streets.

Cr Battista said 30 per cent of the funds raised in the new fund to subsidise the area’s pensioners, low income families and hospital staff and volunteers requiring parking for hospital visits and work.

‘In the event that funds are not used for subsidies, they will be left in the reserve and spent on (parking initiatives around the Hospital as well as the whole LGA).  The 30% figure will stay once the debt is repaid.

Cr Battista also wants staff to develop a new policy to deal with subsidy applications.

 

Crs Greg Bennett and Isaac Smith have already attempted to reduce on-street parking fees so that they are more in line with the parking charges in the new multi-story car park.

Only some hospital staff, chosen by ballot, would have access to the multi-storey carpark, leaving the rest to take their chances with paid on-street parking, at a considerably higher rate.

In response to Cr Battista’s motion, the council’s finance manager Rino Santin has pointed out that the council adopted its parking strategy in December, and resolved that any surplus funds were reserved for ‘future expenditure on road, parking and infrastructure improvements in a defined hospital precinct area determined by the working group’.

Mr Santin said the decision had been included in the 2016/17 Budget, with surplus funds expected in the 2017/18 period.

‘Given a review of the Lismore Base Hospital Precinct Parking Strategy is scheduled for the second half of 2016/17, and regular precinct meetings are to be held between Council and the Lismore Base Hospital representatives to discuss issues/concerns, it may be more appropriate for Council to consider surplus fund options when the results of the review are reported back to Council,’ Mr Santin wrote.

‘This is planned to occur before a surplus is generated.’

The council meets at 6pm on Tuesday at the council chambers in Goonellabah to discuss the motion.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Now that is thinking. When you make money, you put it away for the future 12 months and not spend it on bills of the past and have nothing.
    Now let’s see what happens to great thinking and planning by Cr Gianpiero Battista. Let us have Medicare.

  2. Undoubtedly the Health department and LCC could better spend their budget on allowing the nurses and hospital staff free parking by ridding us of the Fluoride Dosing Plants, Instead of poisoning our water supply costing the Community and rate payers 5million dollars over the next few years maybe a little thought and care could be directed to our front line health professionals

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