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Alistair Coe growing old waiting for the parking strategy

By johnboy - 4 May 2012 7

The Liberal’s Member for Motorists, Alistair Coe, is asking where the Government’s parking strategy is five years after the first draft.

Released in 2007, the still unfinished strategy promised to: ‘Strike a balance between parking supply, demand for parking and the price of parking in the ACT.

‘Adoption of the Draft Parking Strategy will ensure an increase in parking spaces in Canberra over the next 15 to 20 years, which meets the needs of people travelling to the City and other major centres while encouraging more sustainable transport initiatives.’ (Simon Corbell, media release, 1 March 2007)

“We are yet to see any of these promised improvements as ACT Labor still hasn’t gotten around to finalising the strategy,” Mr Coe said today.

“After 11 years, despite all of the talk and taxpayer-funded studies, the fact remains that the government hasn’t provided car parking improvements. “Canberrans are still struggling to find a car park and parking costs have almost doubled under ACT Labor.

Our coverage of the heady days of 2007 is still up. ( What is dead may never die, but rises again, harder and stronger)

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Alistair Coe growing old waiting for the parking strategy
Simon_Corbell 6:01 pm 04 May 12

It is a shame that Alistair Coe hasn’t done his homework on this issue and has failed to get up to date with the ACT Government’s parking policy which is contained in the Transport for Canberra Strategy, which I released with the Chief Minister about a month ago. The ACT Government has a clear policy on managing demand, which involves making sure parking spaces are available where they are needed like shopping centres, for parents taking children to appointments or short-stay spots near group and local centres and local grocery stores.

The Government is getting on with the job of delivering these measures by allocating $4m over the next four years to deliver new park and ride and bike and ride facilities in a range of locations around the city to provide free parking choices close to public transport links, and at the same time delivering more parking options like the new one in City West with approximately 1000 new parking spaces at the ANU Exchange development.

The important thing to remember is that parking is part of an overall public transport strategy and that is what the government is delivering for the Canberra community. It is a shame that the Canberra Liberals and Alistair Coe, feel it necessary to make spurious claims without doing their homework first and actually read policies that have been released publicly, as recently as one month ago.

davo101 1:24 pm 04 May 12

EvanJames said :

I bet the surrounding local councils would be pretty keen to put tolls on the roads to the coast, snow and Sydney, too.

Personally I wouldn’t care

EvanJames 12:08 pm 04 May 12

davo101 said :

If they live outside of the ACT then let’s gouge them. The more they pay in parking the less in rates I have to pay.

I bet the surrounding local councils would be pretty keen to put tolls on the roads to the coast, snow and Sydney, too.

davo101 11:39 am 04 May 12

EvanJames said :

I keep saying this, but any road leading into Canberra from NSW is clogged, morning and evening, with thousands of commuters who don’t live in Canberra. If you don’t account for them, any “strategy” will be ineffective.

If they live outside of the ACT then let’s gouge them. The more they pay in parking the less in rates I have to pay.

EvanJames 11:29 am 04 May 12

Any strategy has to have a firm, stated aim… to make money, or to discourage cars, or whatever. And, it has to be made with full, accurate info on where the cars come from, and why. You can’t just make parking extortionate and expect the cars to disappear. I keep saying this, but any road leading into Canberra from NSW is clogged, morning and evening, with thousands of commuters who don’t live in Canberra. If you don’t account for them, any “strategy” will be ineffective.

zippyzippy 10:54 am 04 May 12

I went to check out Alistair’s car parking policy.

http://www.canberraliberals.org.au/ABOUT-US/OUR-POLICIES/OUR-POLICIES.asp

Zip. I forgot this happened last time too, when I went to check the health policy.

What I most want to know is where Alistair is going to build the new car parks.

FioBla 10:13 am 04 May 12

There was something about parking in the recent Transport for Canberra document.

http://the-riotact.com/transport-for-canberra-announced-but-not-published/56296

Chapter 4. Here are screenshots:

http://i.imgur.com/Zzr6y.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/3KcP3.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/KMNVG.jpg

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