An additional 270 car parking spaces will be made available in the hospital precinct as part of the $9.27 million project, delivered by Health Infrastructure.
The car park construction was primarily delivered under the NSW Treasury supported Car Parking Portfolio Model, where car parks are self-funded, supported with user charges and managed by a professional car park operator.
In accordance with NSW Health policy for health campuses which are subject to car park redevelopment, there will be the introduction of time-based fees (including concessional rates for eligible users such as pensioners) for car parking at the new LBH multistorey carpark.
A random ballot was held for LBH staff who wished to apply for car parking permits on the LBH campus in a bid to find an equitable solution to the demand for parking from LBH’s staff.
Full-time staff successful in the ballot will pay $12 a week for parking, while part-time staff working up to and including 24 hours a week will pay $6 a week.
Public parking fees will range from $3 an hour to a maximum of $8 per day. The first 15 minutes of parking at the multistorey carpark will be free. Concession parking is free for the first three hours up to a maximum of $3 per day.
The car park will be managed by Care Park on behalf of the Northern NSW Local Health District.
Extensive community, staff and stakeholder consultation was undertaken in the past 12 months to prepare for the introduction of parking fees.