THE implementation of a new parking system in the block surrounding the Bendigo Hospital will cost about $130,000.
City of Greater Bendigo director of planning and development Prue Mansfield said revenue raised from a paid parking proposal would, for the first few years, be used to pay for its implementation.
Council will consider a proposal to introduce paid parking in Stewart, Bayne, Arnold and Lucan streets at its meeting on Wednesday.
The proposal is designed to reduce the number of hospital staff and contractors using short-term parking all day and open it up to patients and visitors.
"About 3000 people work in this area so if you think about nearly 3000 people who are trying to find a park, encouraging them to do other things like riding or walking is not only better for them but also better for our community.
"It's better for our community's health, better for people who need to get to the hospital for medical appointments or visit people who are sick.
"The other thing that's important to us is that this is a regional hospital.
"It's not just for Bendigo residents so we know there are substantial numbers of people who come to the hospital from Kyabram, Echuca, Swan Hill ... for those people who've driven a couple of hours to get here, for them to be able to find a park as easily as we can make it is important too.
"The council of course haven't made this decision.
"It's what we're recommending to them and the council will make this decision on Wednesday night."