POLL: How much would you pay a day to park at the hospital?
IT'S been a debate that's been going round in circles for years, just like the many drivers looking for a park at Rockhampton Hospital yesterday.
But the hospital's parking crisis could come to a halt in the next two years as hospital bosses turn to the public for short-term solutions.
What would you consider to be a fair charge to park for the day?
This poll ended on 15 May 2015.
Up to $5
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service CEO Len Richards said the issue of hospital parking had been a long-standing problem for both patients and hospital staff.
"From looking at a plan of the Rockhampton site, it's very clear there is a shortfall of parking spaces available to the tune of 290 in the current set-up," Mr Richards said.
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"As time goes on, that number will only increase to just over 400 spaces so we have to do something in the short and long-term. We have just under 600 parking spaces available to us onsite and around the hospital but only 88 of those are designated for patients so we do need to rebalance that figure.
"There are no real short-term solutions here but some of the considerations would be to introduce paid parking with boom-gate access for patients and visitors or to provide more surface parking by moving non-hospital services to off-site locations which would leave up more space.
"A lot of people think the long-term solution would be a multi-level car park but to build that it could take up to five years and would cost around $20million which is money we don't have."
Mr Richards said the board was calling on help from the Rockhampton community to provide possible solutions.
"There is an anonymous survey on the CQHHS website for the public to complete and we want people to answer specific questions regarding the issue," Mr Richards said.
Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne told The Morning Bulletin yesterday he was glad the issue of car parking at the hospital was progressing.
To complete the anonymous survey visit cqhealth.citizenspace.com before Friday, June 12.
There are 420 car park spaces on hospital grounds, with another 20 being developed at the new cancer centre.
There are 88 designated for patients and visitors and 19 disabled spaces.
There are 260 for hospital staff and 120 on-street spots around the boundary of the hospital.