SUBIACO Mayor Penny Taylor is proposing her city provide parking at the former Princess Margaret Hospital for staff, patients and visitors to King Edward Memorial Hospital and QEII Medical Centre.
“With PMH now vacant, the city has more than 250 bays that we can allocate to these hard-working medical and administrative staff, and there is the possibility for more bays on the PMH site itself,” Ms Taylor said.
In the proposal, Subiaco would join with the Health Department to use of former children’s hospital’s underused car parks.
A shuttle bus, provided by the North Metropolitan Health Service, will then drop KEMH staff off at the hospital.
Ms Taylor said potential solutions had to be sought to hospitals’ parking problems.
“If the Health Department puts on a shuttle bus for staff, the city will manage the parking – it’s a win-win for the community,” she said.
“If we can free up the bays adjacent to the hospital by helping the staff to park elsewhere, we can alleviate stress at what can be a very difficult time.”
The city has written to Health Minister Roger Cook and met with senior staff from KEMH.
It has also discussed the future use and management of the PMH multistorey car park with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and LandCorp.
Tomorrow, Subiaco Council will consider reducing fees in its all-day car parks in the east of the city to $5 daily.