Queensland

It costs more to park at hospital than the airport


Jarrod Sierocki

14-year-old Gidon Goodman has successfully petitioned the NSW government to dramatically reduce the state’s hospital parking fees. Courtesy: The Project

There’ll be more subsidised parking in Queensland hospitals from October. Picture: Adam Smith

IN A win for people power, the Queensland government has announced it will double the number of subsidised parking spaces at the state’s public hospitals.

The announcement comes after a huge online campaign, largely led by parents in the state’s regions, decrying the $30 a day “price gouging” from parking operators, which opponents said was more than the cost of airport parking in Brisbane.

A change.org petition established by rural health advocate Justine Christensen urging Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk investigate the exorbitant hospital parking pricing imposed by private operators gathered more than 16,000 signatures.

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