Parking issues associated with an expanded emergency department at Albury hospital won't be fully rectified until a decision on where and when a single site major health facility is built on the border.
Plans released this week for the $30 million expansion of the Albury emergency department have revealed a shortfall of 93 parks as a result of the extension onto a section of the existing car park coupled with demand for more parking resulting from more services and staff when the redevelopment is completed.
Residential areas of East Albury are expected to absorb the bulk of the deficiency in the short-term at least.
A master plan, due for completion in November, will recommend where the single site hospital, supported by the Border Medical Association, is built.
But Albury Wodonga Health deputy chief executive officer Janet Chapman said parking issues relating to an expanded emergency department had been an important consideration in the planning phase.
"The master plan will address long-term parking requirements," she said.
"However we are working to develop short-term parking solutions to address impacts of the new Albury hospital emergency department construction.
"This includes working with the builder and Albury Council to develop a construction management plan and ensure parking disruptions are kept to a minimum.
"We continue to explore options for both temporary and permanent solutions.
"We are aware that parking can be challenging at times, and appreciate the community's patience and understanding as we work to expand our local emergency service delivery.
"We will keep the community up-to-date on developments throughout the process."
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The development application for the expanded emergency department was submitted to Albury Council this week.
But the final decision on whether it gets the green light will rest with the Southern Region Planning Panel for determination due to its price tag being more than $5 million.
Member for Albury Justin Clancy said he hoped the issues could be resolved.
"When I first came in (to office) I don't recall any plans for car parking," he said.
"Car parking is an important element of the service to provide health.
"We are going through that master planning process and there will obviously be more revealed as that process comes to completion."
The car parking deficiency is based on the need for 46 extra car parks due to the additional 42 beds and 71 staff working at the facility and the loss of 47 car parks through the building's expansion.
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