The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District says the fees for the new multi-level car park at Shoalhaven District Hospital, contained in a meeting agenda of Shoahaven City Council, are incorrect.
Council published the general fees for the car park in its strategy and assets meeting agenda for the December, 10 meeting but the health district said it never provided the figures.
"The local health district has worked closely with Shoalhaven City Council and has engaged in extensive consultation and correspondence regarding the new multi-storey car park at Shoalhaven Hospital," a ISLHD spokesperson said.
"The figures quoted in the article were not provided by ISLHD, but were a reference to a Ministry of Health policy that outlines a pricing schedule that applies at some other public hospitals car parks in NSW.
"Prices for the public to park in Shoalhaven's new multi-storey car park will be set at a different rate to the fees that are the above referenced policy."
Instead the health district said the fees for the new car park at Shoalhaven Hospital would be $3 for up to one hour, $5 for two hours, $6 for three, $7 for four and $8 for more than 4 hours. The fees would also not be charged for the first few weeks of operation.
Concession rates will also be available for a number of patients and the first 15 minutes of parking will be free.
The health district stated 150, not 130 car parks would be allocated to staff, and would "conduct regular audits to determine whether increases to staff allocation of car spots is required".
It is also working on a paid parking strategy for evening shifts.
Original story: It will cost $7 to park at Shoalhaven Hospital for 16 minutes
The original, incorrect fees obtained for the car park were contained in a report handed to council's strategy and assets meeting.
In which, the council report said it had "advice received from the Illawarra-Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) regarding the fees that will be applied to the new multi-level car park at the Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital".
The meeting agenda incorrectly said the fees would be from $6.80 for one hour and up to $20.20 for a day.
During the meeting, councillors resolved to write back to the health district conveying the concerns of staff and local residents and write to both local state members to request they intervene to ensure hospital staff are exempt from parking fees.