BALLARAT Health Services is investigating alternative parking options for its staff as construction of its new car park and helipad draws closer.
Tenders for the project close at the end of this month, with construction expected to begin within three months.
The multi-storey development will be built where the existing car park is.
BHS spokesperson Geoff Millar said there would still be some parking on site but BHS was in discussions with the Ballarat City Council above alternatives.
The Courier understands that several options are being considered by the hospital, including a proposal to relocate staff parking to Morshead Park near the Ballarat greyhound track.
Staff could be shuttled in on buses to free spaces around the hospital – one of Ballarat’s worst precincts for parking.
But BHS did not confirm whether this was the case.
“We are working with the council, looking for alternatives,” Mr Millar said.
The three-storey car park will allow for an additional 492 car parks, but BHS is yet to say what contingencies will be made during its construction.
Announcing the opening of tenders earlier this month, Health Minister David Davis said the car park and helipad would be built along Anticline Lane and will front onto Mair Street.
“The location of the rooftop helipad has been determined by suitable flight paths and in consultation with Air Ambulance Victoria,” Mr Davis said.
“Having a helipad at the hospital will save crucial minutes in time-critical transfers and emergency arrivals, and will save lives.
“Works are expected to be complete by mid-2016, creating 130 new construction jobs.”