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More details needed on Tweed Hospital paid parking plan

Ron Goodman speaking with people outside Tweed Hospital.
Ron Goodman speaking with people outside Tweed Hospital. Contributed

TWEED MP Geoff Provest has been asked to reveal full details of a paid parking scheme proposed for Tweed Hospital.

The Daily News broke the story about a new paid multi-storey car park in Saturday's paper.

Since then Tweed deputy mayor Michael Armstrong, Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord and Labor's Tweed candidate Ron Goodman have all demanded to know more.

"This comes as a total surprise to the community; there has been no consultation. It is unfair. The community has a right to know," Mr Secord said.

Mr Goodman was also critical of the proposal.

"It is an arrogant money-grabbing exercise by the North Coast Nationals and showed how out of touch they have become," Mr Goodman said.

"You can't improve health by forcing fees to drive people away. It won't work with the Federal Government's proposed GP tax and it won't work with paid parking at Tweed Hospital."

Cr Armstrong said the move would hurt Tweed pensioners and battling families.

"To hit those who work with or who visit the sick or dying in our hospitals is clearly only about revenue raising by a heartless Liberal National State Government," he said.

"When people get sick or injured and they need to go to hospital the last thing they need is to be slugged with paid parking."

Mr Secord and Mr Goodman wanted to know how much parking fees would cost, whether any special considerations would apply and when the paid parking would be implemented.

Geoff Provest responds. Click here to read the story.

Topics:  michael armstrong, ron goodman, tweed hospital, walt secord



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