The need for a large car park at a regional hospital that treats more than 40,000 patients a year has been one of the big issues in Central Queensland for more than a decade
The need for a large car park at a regional hospital that treats more than 40,000 patients a year has been one of the big issues in Central Queensland for more than a decade Chris Ison

Be a hero and build a carpark for Rockhampton Hospital

IT surprises me that the state and federal governments can support a $10m carpark to boost tourism yet can't fund a multi-level carpark at Rockhampton Hospital.

The need for a large car park at a regional hospital that treats more than 40,000 patients a year has been one of the big issues in Central Queensland for more than a decade yet all we have to show for the endless debate, complaints and lobbying is a report recommending construction - but excluding any funding avenues.

Meanwhile the $10 million Yeppoon carpark will provide 320 parking spaces - and incorporate arcade and laneway connectivity to both foreshore and the town centre.

Future stages will deliver another 260 car parks and two levels of potential future conference facilities.

Livingstone Mayor Bill Ludwig earlier this year commended both the state and federal governments who contributed 56% and 22% respectively to partner the council to deliver the project.

Cr Ludwig is correct. This is an excellent example of local, state and federal governments working together for the betterment of the community.

But sometimes there is a social need that also needs to be addressed.

I recall the State Government funding the $8m pedestrian bridge on Yaamba Rd to address the Emmaus split-campus issue as a matter of public safety.

I think you could make that argument for the aged and infirm people being forced to trudge hundreds of metres to get to Rockhampton Hospital.

Michelle Landry and Leisa Neaton can steal a march on each other right now by being the first to stump up $10m to build a car park that will win public favour.

This infrastructure is sorely needed and regardless of health being a state responsibility, the need for this infrastructure falls into a special general category.

A carpark is a priority for Rockhampton Hospital boss Len Richards who is preparing a business
case for the project.
A carpark is a priority for Rockhampton Hospital boss Len Richards who is preparing a business case for the project. Contributed Photo ROK

I might remind the Federal Government that the Yeppen Floodplain bridge was completed more than $120 million under budget.

So why not throw $10m back our way?

And don't give me some lame excuse that it's already been spent in South East Queensland.

That doesn't sound like a Fair Go for the Regions to me.

What's the most you would be prepared to pay to park for three hours at a multi-level Rockhampton Hospital carpark?

This poll ended on 31 May 2016.

Current Results

$2

29%

$3

11%

$5

25%

$6

16%

$10

17%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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