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Another tilt at the windmill of pay parking in the parliamentary zone

By johnboy 30 July 2009 69

[First filed: July 29, 2009 @ 08:42]

The Canberra Times brings the happy news that a “joint taskforce” of the National Capital Authority and the ACT Government (what a meeting of great minds that must be) is having another go at working through the issues of getting paid parking going in the green and leafy environs of Parliament House.

    The National Capital Authority confirmed yesterday it would chair an inter-governmental committee to review parking in the Parliamentary Zone as well as Barton and Russell, where tens of thousands of Commonwealth public servants currently park for free.

    ”The committee will develop options for managing parking on national land, taking into account the special needs of visitors and volunteers,” NCA chief executive Gary Rake said.

The wily procedural warriors who currently enjoy the free parking have quietly killed off every previous effort. Representing significantly more accomplished individuals than anything the NCA or ACT Government have to offer.

Allocated free spaces for everyone higher than EL1 might just crack it though.

UPDATED: Gary Humphries has come out with all guns blazing declaring this paid parking will come in “OVER MY DEAD BODY“.

And then, perhaps demonstrating considerable faith in the ongoing misery of the ACT’s public transport system, Gary finished with this:

    “My message to Jon Stanhope is this: fix the buses, then we’ll talk about paid parking!”

Senator Humphries has gone so far as to start a petition.

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Tembo 6:13 pm 08 Aug 13

Parking solution for issues at Barton? – it’s possible!!!!

Intelligent Parking System:
http://www.japanretailnews.com/2/post/2008/03/parking-systems-in-japan.html

CraigT 2:33 pm 21 Jul 13

magiccar9 said :

Has anyone considered that the Triangle isn’t just made up of Public Servants? There are a hell of a lot of private industry offices and workplaces there too. They get paid considerable less than the PS counterparts, but are still expected to fork out just as much in FBT and paid parking….
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I guess they can catch the bus if they can’t afford the parking.

And maybe – revolutionary idea – building developments should be required to include provision for parking so that these “private industry offices” stop relying on public land for their staff’s parking wants.

magiccar9 9:38 am 21 Jul 13

Has anyone considered that the Triangle isn’t just made up of Public Servants? There are a hell of a lot of private industry offices and workplaces there too. They get paid considerable less than the PS counterparts, but are still expected to fork out just as much in FBT and paid parking…. They’re offered very little in terms of available parking and are forced to find whatever they can elsewhere.

As previously stated – the argument of “everyone else has to” isn’t valid. Everyone else, eg. Woden, Civic, Belconnen, have regular bus services to a nearby interchange. They also have amenities to service the workers. Also, the argument that Sydney and Melbourne pay more is comparing apples to oranges. They have a (mostly) functional public transport system compared to ACTION and various other modes or transport around their cities.

This is clearly just another Federal Government stab at trying to recoup their extreme budget deficit. If it wasn’t why wouldn’t the money stay local, and also be implemented through a plan that was thought out? Instead it was just a knee jerk reaction to try and cover up other problems.

jazsam 5:53 pm 20 Jul 13

AAMC said :

jazsam said :

Bring on pay parking, I’m sick of trying to find a loading zone without some knucklehead public servent with a ute occupying it all day.

How is paid parking going to help? Wont it just that encourage more public servants to buy utes and park in free loading zones? Especially now that you have pointed it out to them.

It’ll help by bringing in parking inspectors, mention the words parking inspector in any gov building and stand back or be crushed. 🙂

Tembo 2:35 pm 20 Jul 13

In the cases where the proposed paid parking is unnecessary, people will always have the motivation to fight for better solutions and petitions to be heard (http://www.gopetition.com.au/petitions/canberrans-against-paid-parking-in-the-parliamentary-triangle.html )

Matt69 8:43 pm 18 Jul 13

indigoid said :

I love being a motorcyclist! Free parking pretty much everywhere, and it is always quite close to where I want to be, too, and easily accessible. I truly relish the smug, gloating, pitiless look I can give car drivers struggling for a park in their Falcodores and urban terrorist 4WD vehicles. 🙂

If you work 9-5 at Russell (I don’t, but my SO does) you can apparently shave 10-15 minutes off each end of your working day by riding a bike instead of driving a car. Park directly outside your building, instead of what is locally known as Siberia…

TBH I haven’t had a need to park my bike at APH yet. Is there good motorcycle parking there?

You know you come across as a real wanker when you publicly gloat and call 4wd drivers urban terrorists in the same post.

AAMC 4:43 pm 18 Jul 13

jazsam said :

Bring on pay parking, I’m sick of trying to find a loading zone without some knucklehead public servent with a ute occupying it all day.

How is paid parking going to help? Wont it just that encourage more public servants to buy utes and park in free loading zones? Especially now that you have pointed it out to them.

jazsam 2:55 pm 18 Jul 13

Bring on pay parking, I’m sick of trying to find a loading zone without some knucklehead public servent with a ute occupying it all day.

AAMC 1:33 pm 18 Jul 13

How about some free car parks at some of the empty space around the lake (Yarramundi reach, Western Park, black mountain peninsula, Molonglo reach and Molonglo river) with and a free ferry running a loop around LBG. Could be paid for by paid parking in the triangle itself and also be a tourist resource.

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