National Party candidate for the seat of Dubbo Dugald Saunders has rejected claims a petition he is circulating to convince the government residents want extra parking at the hospital is a political stunt.
Mr Saunders said he does not want to get involved in a slanging match with other politicians over the hospital car parking issue.
“From my perspective, this is pretty simple, and I won’t be getting involved in a slanging match over it,” he said.
“People in Dubbo and the surrounding areas have been telling me they want adequate car parking spaces at the hospital, and that’s why I started the petition.
“Every single person I have asked about the hospital has said they are really pleased with the redevelopment that’s been delivered by the current MP Troy Grant, but they have all wondered about more parking spaces and how that can happen.”
Dubbo Labor candidate Stephen Lawrence believes the Nationals are playing a political game.
“Soon they will make a funding announcement so they can make out the petition has been successful,” he said.
But Mr Saunders said he is doing the best he can to ensure Health Infrastructure hears the voices of the region.
“That is the authority which will ultimately have the decision to make, and I’ll be doing all I can to make sure the decision makers are aware of the importance of this issue,” he said.