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Civic parking fees go up up up

By johnboy - 1 July 2009 76

The ABC is warning that a lot of parking fees in Canberra are set to nearly double from Monday:

    An all-day ticket at a City West car park, between Marcus Clarke Street and Gordon Street, will rise from $5 to $9.

    Meanwhile, drivers parking at either of the two carparks near Phillip Oval in Woden, will pay $6 per day, up from $3.60.

    ACT Transport Regulation and Planning manager Rod Paul says the new fees will apply to a total of 773 spaces.

On the bright side it might free up some spaces for the short term parkers.

Motorists champion, the Liberals’ Alistair Coe, is appalled:

    “That’s a huge 80 per cent increase. For 50 working weeks, this accumulates to an extra $1000 a year for commuters.

    “Two car parks in Woden – the car park north of Launceston Street and west of Phillip Oval, and the temporary car park east of Philip Oval, will see increases of 67 per cent (from $3.60 a day to $6.00 a day).

    “Commuters are being forced to pay for this Government’s years of waste and mismanagement.

    “It is unfair to slug people extra for car parking at a time when there is no strategy to improve parking in any of Canberra’s town centres.

Can anyone explain the model of Government being advocated in that last par?

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Civic parking fees go up up up
martyo 4:54 pm 01 Jul 09
martyo 4:53 pm 01 Jul 09

words make me to angry!!!

sezzle 4:49 pm 01 Jul 09

Depends on who owns the carpark Toadstool. Government or private. I haven’t come across any “all day parking” in any part of City West that was $5 per day – but apparently it was there the whole time…

toadstool 4:39 pm 01 Jul 09

Now let me get this straight. If I work on the west side of the city near the ANU or Section 63 I have to pay $9 per day, but if I work on the east side of the city I pay $7.50 per day. Can anyone else see something not quite right here? Shouldn’t there be equity across the city for all parking?

screaming banshee 4:14 pm 01 Jul 09

Park n ride…..isn’t that what people out at Brindabella are doing, parking at Russell for free then catching the bus to the office park.

Or so I’ve heard.

Thumper 4:11 pm 01 Jul 09

Let’s make the Govt Ministers pay for parking and try and find a park everyday and see how they go!

That is something I would pay to see.

ant 4:10 pm 01 Jul 09

I used to have a rule that I wouldn’t take a job in Civic. So I broke it to try a job there, and just got very sick of having to find enough coins every day for the machines. Paying was one thing, but why not have machines that take more payment options?

As for the pre-paid things, there’s no shopfront in Civic, and buying online had to be done for a period a week and a bit before.

So I got a new job elsewhere, with parking under the building which is very nice in winter. The car loves it.

It is disingenuous for the government to just sit back and say “everyone take buses”. Yes, I know it isn’t the ACT government’s problem that thousands of people commute in from Murrumbateman, Yass, Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Tharwa, Michelago, Goulburn, Collector, Gundaroo and Sutton… but with no viable alternative, all these people need somewhere to park while they provide ACT employers with a labour force.

Park n rides on the routes into Canberra (if properly thought out) would do a lot to help the situation, and if combined with park n rides on the main routes into the work centres from the population centres, then they’d have a viable alternative to the current poo-fight to find a park in Civic or Woden every day.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 4:02 pm 01 Jul 09

muFasa said :

I think we need to face the facts – the public transport in Canberra isn’t great and people need to drive to get to work. Those with children also might find it hard to catch a bus if they drop the kids at 8.50am and need to be at work at 9am or just after.

In light of the crap public transport, putting up parking fees is just plain cruel – especially by people who have free parking in the middle of the city. Let’s make the Govt Ministers pay for parking and try and find a park everyday and see how they go!

I agree. The theoretical world these idiots live in doesn’t expose them to the issues real Canberrans are faced with. Ultimately, these people are elected to represent our interests, and this is not what seems to be happening here.

G-Fresh 3:57 pm 01 Jul 09

screaming banshee said :

Are more people demanding that we have less spaces available or perhaps building all these shiny new office buildings with no additional parking for staff wasn’t a particularly good idea.

Planning requirements are such that when you construct a building in a busy area you will be required to have more vehicle spaces than were originally there.

screaming banshee 3:52 pm 01 Jul 09

From the article

“It reflects the increased demand for a smaller number of car spaces and reflects the changes in work patterns in the city and employment locations in the City and Woden areas,”

An increased demand for a smaller number of car spaces??

Are more people demanding that we have less spaces available or perhaps building all these shiny new office buildings with no additional parking for staff wasn’t a particularly good idea.

As for changing work patters I think you will find people are getting to work earlier just so they can get a car park.

muFasa 3:47 pm 01 Jul 09

I think we need to face the facts – the public transport in Canberra isn’t great and people need to drive to get to work. Those with children also might find it hard to catch a bus if they drop the kids at 8.50am and need to be at work at 9am or just after.

In light of the crap public transport, putting up parking fees is just plain cruel – especially by people who have free parking in the middle of the city. Let’s make the Govt Ministers pay for parking and try and find a park everyday and see how they go!

screaming banshee 3:44 pm 01 Jul 09

housebound said :

claim of a lack of parking strategy

I would say the lack of parking is explanation enough

housebound 3:31 pm 01 Jul 09

JB -I think the second par is of greater concern.

Perhaps you could explain your problems with the claim of a lack of parking strategy (surely it should be part of a town centre masterplan with our planning-obsessed bureaucracy).

Thumper 3:27 pm 01 Jul 09

Well, that’s one way to ensure people use buses.

LG 3:12 pm 01 Jul 09

So the $7.50 / day spots in Civic (eg Nara building) stay the same? Is there a hike in the prepaid monthly parking tickets?

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