Page 295 - Week 01 - Thursday, 16 February 2006

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(5) Has the Government consulted with the residents in surrounding suburbs of The Canberra Hospital regarding the effect of pay parking on their neighbourhoods; if so, for how long and what were the outcomes; if not, why not.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The availability of parking spaces at the Canberra Hospital will not alter in the short term. Streets adjacent to TCH in Garran either have time limited parking or no parking zones, which are enforced by the Department of Urban Services. ACT Health will be working with ACT Roads and DUS to put in place arrangements to manage potential overspill. This may include changes to parking limits and enforcement arrangements in surrounding areas.

(2) Consultants engaged to undertake the study of parking at both TCH and Calvary campuses, have assessed existing parking behaviours and current demand. Assumptions of future behaviour based on the proposed charging models have been made. At this stage very little impact is predicted on the surrounding areas, but this will be closely monitored and, in consultation with ACT Roads, remedial action will be taken if overspill issues occur.

(3) See above

(4) Yes. It is not possible to quantify the number of complaints. Staff, visitors and residents of surrounding suburbs were encouraged to raise issues of concern in the consultation process. All of the issues raised were considered to be valid and as far as possible the concerns were addressed in the development of the models for consideration. As a result of the consultation the following principles have been adopted.

• Segregation of staff and visitors.

• A split of 75% staff, 25% visitors, based on the observations on the campus during the study and on information gained from operators of carparks at NSW hospitals.

• Locating visitor car parks close to the hospital entrances.

• Disabled and short term drop off spots allocated close to hospital entrances.

• Locating day staff in car parks further from the hospital.

• Locating evening staff car parks close to the hospital entrances for security reasons.

A policy for exempting those in special circumstances is under development and volunteers recognised by the hospital will be provided with free parking

(5) Consultants have been engaged as part of the study team to manage a formal consultation process. They have held individual meetings with a number of stakeholders including unions, staff associations, members of the hospitals’ communities, and government agencies. They have also invited submissions. In addition to these individual meetings and submissions, consultation sessions have been held as follows:

• Members of the public were invited to attend public information sessions held on 20 September 2005 (TCH) and 22 September 2005 (CHC) via notification in the Canberra Times and the Chronicle.

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