Health and wellbeing

Free parking for essential services workers during the Covid-19 pandemic

The City of Sydney supports frontline teams with unrestricted parking in our area.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood staff at the Alexandria centre

We’ve released new emergency essential services worker permits, opened car parks for 24-hour access and are working with government agencies to free up on-street parking in our area.

The initiatives are helping to address travel, transport and parking challenges faced by those working to contain the Covid-19 pandemic and helping vulnerable members of our community.

Hospital workers, childcare minders, social workers, emergency blood technicians, police, ambulance and fire officers are among the essential workers who’ll benefit from the free and unrestricted parking.

We have issued 1,000 street parking permits to essential services organisations, who’ll distribute them to their staff.

Essential services workers are offered free, 24-hour access to our Goulburn Street and Kings Cross car parks.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood essential staff working at the Alexandria processing centre can use the new parking permits.

Australian Red Cross Lifeblood staff at the Alexandria centre will use the free parking permits for emergency workers
Australian Red Cross Lifeblood staff at the Alexandria centre will use the free parking permits for emergency workers

Michael Pyke, regional director, manufacturing, explained that every blood donation collected across NSW and ACT ends up at the Alexandria processing centre, where lab scientists and technicians test and process all donations.

“Our distribution team works 24/7 to make sure every patient has access to the blood products they need. Our process centre team also performs testing to support organ transplantation,” Michael said.

“Lifeblood Milk is also located at our centre, and the team collects, processes and distributes human breast milk for the most vulnerable little Australians – premature babies across the country.

“Throughout the entire healthcare sector there has been a pulling together of resources and a changed focus to ensure the best outcomes for all Australians as we respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re grateful to the City of Sydney for this gesture, which will help 30 of our teams continue to perform the essential service of processing, testing and delivering lifesaving blood products to hospitals throughout Australia.”

As we all face the challenges and impacts of the coronavirus, it’s essential that health, police and emergency services are able to get to work safely and efficiently.

The City of Sydney is now working with the state government to increase the number of street parking spaces available for essential workers.

Published 6 April 2020, updated 16 April 2020

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