Marrickville and Leichhardt councils have agreed to provide special parking permits for community nurses and home care workers, following a concerted campaign led by the Sydney Alliance.
The two Inner West councils will join the City of Sydney, which already has a special Care Worker Parking Permit in place.
Sydney Alliance spokesperson Rita Martin said community nurses and care workers were finding access to parking increasingly difficult in inner city areas.
“Community nurses and home care workers are spending more and more valuable time searching for vacant car spaces during work hours.
“Collecting a visitor parking permit and walking back to the car adds to this lost time, and takes away from the time that workers can spend with residents – many of whom are elderly or disabled.
“Providing a care worker-specific parking permit will not just make the job easier, it will mean that care workers can spend more of their time and energy helping people.”
Ms Martin said Sydney Alliance had brought together a coalition of local workers, community groups and religious organisations to lobby the Marrickville and Leichhardt Councils over the issues.
“The need for improved care worker parking access came through loud and clear from our conversations with people in the Inner West.
“We took the concerns of community nurses and home carers - with the support of groups such as NSW Nurses & Midwives Association (NSWNMA), Cancer Council NSW, St Brigid’s Parish in Marrickville, the Justice and Peace Office of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, and United Voice - and met with senior officials from the two councils.
"Nurses also spoke at meeting of the Marrickville Council, ensuring councillors understood the genuine challenges they face on a day-to-day basis. Both councils are to be congratulated for listening the needs of their communities and taking action.”
Fellow Sydney Alliance spokesperson Mark Ludbrooke said the campaign for care worker parking permits was a great example of what can be achieved when people work in coalition to identify and respond to local issues.
“We look forward to building on this success by engaging more local people to work through other local issues," Mr Ludbrooke said.