Nurses at Lismore Base Hospital are fed up with a lack of action over paid parking at Lismore Base Hospital.
Lismore’s mayor Isaac Smith has been given until Wednesday to fulfil a promise to resolve the issue of parking for staff around the hospital or a ‘media campaign’ will be unleashed.
Cr Smith was elected mayor nine months ago on the back of promises to resolve the parking situation, which has seen nursing staff forced to park in residential streets to avoid having to pay to park while they work.
Shaen Springall, president of the Lismore Base Hospital branch of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association, said he was sick of empty promises.
‘He keeps making promises and we keep hoping something will happen but it doesn’t,’ Mr Springall said.
‘The promise was to change Hunter Street to $2 a day but that hasn’t happened. Currently parking in Hunter Street is $3 an hour with a minimum of two hours, which means any staff member that wants to park there has to duck out every two hours to top the metre up,’ he said.
‘Meanwhile, the carpark at the mental health service has 130 parks, most of which are empty until the afternoon, and only about a third of it is used then anyway.
‘We’ve also been campaigning to the Health Department for that carpark to be opened to staff.
Ms Springall said an undesired side-effect of the parking situation was that residents in streets being used by staff for parking were getting angry and frustrated at the delays.
”They are sick of us parking on their front lawns, especially when they see empty parking at the hospital.
‘Cars have been damaged and abusive notes have been left.’
Mr Springall said his association recently approached Lismore MP Thomas George about the issue.
‘He has a pile of complaints from residents about two inches thick,’ he said.
‘He told us that all the Roads and Maritime Services needed was an application from the council but none had been forthcoming.
‘Until that application happens we want free parking in Hunter Street.’
‘Isaac agreed to do it, and he isn’t doing it.’