Workers at the Royal Adelaide Hospital will be allowed to park for free in part of the western parklands in a bid to better support healthcare workers on the frontline of the coronavirus fight.

Adelaide City Council last night voted in support of allowing doctors and nurses to park for free, with Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor telling The Advertiser that the decision to provide free parking is all part of supporting the healthcare system.

“This is part of making sure that everything is ready in the health system, in case (more parking) is needed,” the Lord Mayor told The Advertiser.

The council is yet to consider granting free parking for healthcare workers across the entire CBD during the pandemic, with 9 out of the 10 councillors saying that they would support the move.

Meanwhile, the city council has begun reinstating unrestricted car parking in some areas near North Adelaide hospitals, following ongoing concerns for the safety of nurses who have been forced to walk through the parklands at nighttime.