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Sunday pay parking at the Canberra Centre

By chettb - 9 April 2009 55

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, the Canberra Centre has quietly started charging for parking even on Sundays and public holidays. 

Such changes need to be advertised well beforehand and users need to be consulted.  Even the signs offering free Sunday parking have not been changes and to that extent the charging appears illegal!

There is no grace period of say, 2 hours for shoppers or movie goers either. 

The question needs to asked as to how this is possible, whether ACT goverment approval was given, and the precedent it sets for other car parks in Belconnen and Woden. 

Can I suggest that everyone write to centre management as well as their local Member to ask for a reversal. 

I, for one, will no more park there on Sundays.  It must be remembered that it was orginally public land which had free parking on Sundays!

What’s Your opinion?


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Sunday pay parking at the Canberra Centre
peterh 5:15 pm 09 Apr 09

Granny said :

Who’s going to like it? Oh, goody! They’re charging for free parking now? Wheeeeeeeee!!

No, I don’t like it. Yes, I’ll still park there. It’s right outside the cinema. Doesn’t mean I can’t think they’re greedy, and I do and I will.

If you don’t like it HTFU.

Granny!

(shocked)

I will keep on parking nearby in the mon-fri parks. thanks all the same.

Granny 4:35 pm 09 Apr 09

Who’s going to like it? Oh, goody! They’re charging for free parking now? Wheeeeeeeee!!

No, I don’t like it. Yes, I’ll still park there. It’s right outside the cinema. Doesn’t mean I can’t think they’re greedy, and I do and I will.

If you don’t like it HTFU.

leahcim 4:34 pm 09 Apr 09

Boo hoo. Live in a real city and see what you get charged for parking in the city.

AG Canberra 4:24 pm 09 Apr 09

If you don’t like it don’t park there….

On another matter related to Sunday’s and public holidays – next time you are charged a surcharge in a restaurant ask the staff if they are getting double time….

I did on Canberra Day and was told – “no we get one flat rate all week” – so when I questioned the owner he sheepishly removed the surcharge from my bill.

These surcharges were introduced to cover double time on a Sunday and in some cases double time and a half on public holidays. In most hospitality awards those provisions have been abolished. So there really should be no need for them…..

hek62 4:16 pm 09 Apr 09

“Users need to be consulted”

LMAO

G-Fresh 4:12 pm 09 Apr 09

As if to expect parking should be free hahaha

Why on earth would they require gov. approval? They either own the land or have it on a 99yr lease. Would they also require gov. approval to charge rent to their stores? lolz

Classic! haha

shiny flu 4:09 pm 09 Apr 09

Welcome to QIC holding what is essentially a monopoly on civic and Stanhopia bowing down to all things new and shiny.

Catch a bus. Ride a bike. Walk. Swim across the lake. HTFU.

Danman 3:46 pm 09 Apr 09

Is it a private parking space, or owned by the government. It is my underdstanding that if private, you have no legal obligation to pay any fines. Of course I am happy to be proven wrong, years of ACA viewing have had their effect…

OzChick 3:44 pm 09 Apr 09

The roof parking is still the same. It remains at $10 for all day.

deye 3:42 pm 09 Apr 09

They also upped the price for the rest of the week. It’s now 80c for 30 minutes.

OzChick 3:38 pm 09 Apr 09

What!! I didn’t even notice that. What a rip.

Holden Caulfield 3:35 pm 09 Apr 09

ZOMG~!!!11!! No more free parking in the city, OH NOES!

Apart from that, I agree it’s very rude to charge for parking if the signs on entry still indicate the parking is free on those days.

screaming banshee 3:33 pm 09 Apr 09

Never saw any notice signs, just realised when we were there a weekend or two ago, went to pay only to see that they’d jacked up the prices and all of a sudden sunday $2.

After lunch on Sat and Sunday pretty much all other parking is free so I’ll be parking there.

Granny 3:27 pm 09 Apr 09

We were annoyed.

ogrex 3:14 pm 09 Apr 09

While I agree that it’s disgraceful… they did post notice on signs around the pay stations (and at the bottoms of escalators) in the parking garages for most of March (maybe sooner).

I do find it silly considering surrounding street parking is still free on Sundays. I’m not sure about the surface lot along Cooyong on the back side of the Centre.

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