MOTORISTS might have to get used to paid parking at the hospital for the benefit of parking close, according to Independent candidate for Orange Scott Munro.
The councillor visited Orange Health Service on Thursday to announce his intention to seek $18 million to build a 900-space, three-storey car park at the rear of the hospital should he be elected at the November 12 byelection.
With car parks costing about $30,000 a space, Cr Munro believed he could leverage the money for the project if he won the byelection.
“If Labor promises to deliver it, they’ll get my support and if the Liberal/National government backs it, they’ll get my support – as an independent, you can bring a lot of money in,” he said.
With NSW Health policy dictating multistorey car parks be funded by paid parking, Cr Munro said it was reasonable as long as outdoor spaces remained free.
“I would rather have a safe car park that’s undercover where you can go straight in,” he said.
“It’s got to come from something and we’re growing – it’s a city.
“A lot of people come into the shop from Parkes and Forbes and say to me, do something about that bloody car park.”