COLAC’S health and civic leaders will discuss ways to provide more carparking in the city’s health precinct.
A council report on parking in Colac and Apollo Bay said Colac was “well serviced for parking” and did not need extra parks.
The report has suggested no parking changes to the hospital area, instead recommending talks between the Colac Otway Shire Council and Colac Area Health.
“Parking in the hospital precinct is particularly tight,” council chief Rob Small said.
“We’ve been asked to have discussions with Colac Area Health with respect to how we might find some better solutions, particularly on-street parking,” Mr Small said.
Colac Area Health chairman Tony Baldwin said planning for a new youth health hub could provide better parking.
“The simple notion with contemporary Colac Area Health developments is that they should be looking to accommodate as much on-site parking as possible,” Mr Baldwin said.
“They’ll be spread over two services – the youth health hub on one side and the main one on the other,” he said.
“I anticipate collaboration with the council to take place sooner rather than later – the earlier we get this pinned down the better because obviously we’ve got plans to create not only a youth health hub but also student accommodation.”
The carparking report also said Colac’s Bromfield, Connor and Miller streets were best suited to three-hour parking, and suggested other parts of Bromfield Street and Rae Street for long-term or all-day parking.
The report suggested lowering payments which Apollo Bay developers must pay for each parking space they are unable to provide. The $13,000-per-space fee would go towards future parking plans.
Mayor Stephen Hart said the council would ask Planning Minister Matthew Guy to approve the strategy, before starting six weeks of public consultation.