The City of Greater Geelong has been working with Barwon Health to help support our front-line healthcare workers who are working long hours to serve the community.
A new temporary parking initiative is now in place for emergency services staff in central Geelong, in addition to the measures Council endorsed for CBD parking in March..
The permit program is part of the latest coronavirus support package approved by Council on Tuesday 14 April 2020 and allows healthcare workers to park for an extended period of time in bays close to University Hospital..
The initiative comes after weeks of consultation with Barwon Health, as the City continues to find ways to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic..
Permits have been provided to Barwon Health for distribution to staff and will remain active until a future mutually agreed date when the response to the pandemic recedes and Barwon Health is able to reactivate its employee bus service..
The program applies to on-street parking bays marked two hours (2P) or greater in Myers Street – between Swanston and Moorabool streets – and off-street parking in Haymarket Car Park..
The latest measure follows Council’s decision in March to make all metered parking in the CBD free until 30 June..
Motorists are still asked to follow the time restrictions and keep out of special zones such as disability parking bays, bus zones, loading zones and no stopping zones..
We have also offered permit holders in City-owned CBD off-street car parks the opportunity to suspend their permits if they are not using them..
For more information about the City’s response to COVID-19, including our Business Support Package, view our COVID-19 support page.
Greater Geelong Mayor - Stephanie Asher
This new parking initiative will make things a little bit easier for our frontline healthcare workers, who need some support during this uncertain time.
These workers are doing a wonderful job caring for our community and I thank them for their dedication to helping the most vulnerable.
Community Health, Wellbeing and Safety portfolio chair - Councillor Pat Murnane
It’s essential we support our healthcare workers as they give their all to helping the sick and vulnerable during this pandemic..
The last thing these staff need to be thinking about is moving their cars, so these permits will be active whilst this current crisis is with us.
Barwon Health Chief Executive - Frances Diver
Barwon Health welcomes the access to closer parking for hospital staff, especially those who work in the evenings..
Better access to parking allows us to maintain safer physical distancing because it eliminates the need for our volunteer shuttle bus, which was previously used to transport late-shift staff to their cars parked further away from the hospital.