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Hospital pay parking to end

By Sammy - 25 May 2007 30

The ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has just announced on 666 radio that pay parking at Canberra and Calvary Hospital’s will end at 9pm tonight.

He acknowledged that the ‘pay-as-you-enter’ system had failed, and was wildly unpopular.

The Government has also committed $30 million to build a new multi-story carpark at the Canberra Hospital.

He would not commit on whether the new carpark would introduce a ‘pay-as-you-leave’ system.

More information later today when Katy Gallagher makes an announcement.

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Hospital pay parking to end
roccon 12:21 pm 25 May 07

does that mean they can stop fining staff at Calvary for having expired parking passes ?? That idea was a real morale booster…..go TEAM STANHOPE !!

It was up the staff to remember when their pass expired. Not easy when you work permanent nights and you have to drag yourself in during daylight hours to renew it. Not an automatic process….

Swaggie 12:09 pm 25 May 07

Jeez a ray of common sense!!!!!!!

mattress 11:57 am 25 May 07

One of the benefits of pay parking at Calvary hospital was that evening staff were always able to find a car park. I guess the phone calls from angry evening staff will start again on Monday.

MrM 11:30 am 25 May 07

Staff at TCH have their own designated parking areas, but as MrsM (who works there) informs me, it’s often quite hard to get a park for the afternoon shift as the morning shift cars are still there. So the new multistorey carpark looks like a good idea.

Thumper 11:23 am 25 May 07

They put in extra speed cameras only a few weeks ago, if I recall…

Mr Evil 11:16 am 25 May 07

So who are they going to hammer now to make up for the lost revenue that they’ve been earning through this little money spinner?

Thumper 11:10 am 25 May 07

More of our hard earned readies down the drain for some ridiculous revenue raising plan…

Al 11:01 am 25 May 07

the good ‘ol 20-20 hindsight…
Pity about all the hard-earneds spent installing what everyone said would be a dumb idea in the first place – if only Katy had bothered to listen…

Spectra 10:56 am 25 May 07

Election’s not due ’til late next year – they certainly could have cut it a lot finer…maybe added some kind of parking “fairness test” 6 months out from the election 😛
I agree though, this was a stupid idea from start to finish – credit to them for admitting the mistake, but it shouldn’t have been made in the first place.

Thumper 10:44 am 25 May 07

Sanity finally prevails…

Do we have an election coming up???

Danman 9:46 am 25 May 07

Put in boom gates, legitimate hospital users (staff, patients, visitors) get tickets validated and park for nothing.

As I understand it – according to Mrs Danman – who actually works at TCH in Woden – staff have had their own multi storey free (swipe card boom gate access) carpark for quite some time.

I can confirm this 1st hand

The visitor parking has always been semi free on weekends as there are usualy no parking inspectors and I would just play carpark lotto -never been fined in 3 years.

Sammy 9:45 am 25 May 07

It seems the carpark management has been outsourced to a company called EziPark, which is a subsidiary of mega-developer Hindmarsh.

Rara 9:39 am 25 May 07

Just got an email through from ACT Health at 9.27am to tell me the same. Here is the link for more info. It will be interesting to see if staff still find it easy to get a park, now we are competing with visitors. No news of a multi-storey for Calvary I guess! Brings up the question of total inequality of health care services for the northside as compared to the southside.

captainwhorebags 9:37 am 25 May 07

About time. Worst. Idea. Ever.

Put in boom gates, legitimate hospital users (staff, patients, visitors) get tickets validated and park for nothing.

Sammy 9:20 am 25 May 07

And wasn’t it nice of Jon to steal Katy’s thunder.

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