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Closure of car park at National Library

By peterw - 23 July 2012 93

Hi all,

The National Capital Authority has given notice that the dirt car park situated between the National Library and the Lake will be permanently closed (except for special events) from Friday next week. Parking in this area will henceforth become even tighter…

From the National Library website:

Changes to car parking
Posted on: 23rd July 2012

The National Capital Authority will commence restoring the Patrick White Lawns, adjacent to the National Library in August 2012. The area will close at 5 pm on Friday 3 August and will no longer be available for car parking except for temporary use during special events.

The Patrick White Lawns commemorate the 1973 Australian of the Year and the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. The restoration of the area is listed as a high priority in the Parliament House Vista Heritage Management Plan.

Visit www.natcap.gov.au for further information.

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Closure of car park at National Library
arescarti42 8:55 pm 23 Jul 12

Aubergine said :

I would have thought it was helpful of the NCA to list all the alternative public parking nearby, rather than ‘unhelpful’. Are these all full when you go to park there? If so, why not consider driving in earlier, or later, when the odds are not everyone else will be trying the same thing. Or… yes, I’m going to say it… catch a bus. There are buses running through this area from all points every ten minutes at least. Every bus between Woden and the City can stop at Albert Hall, five minutes walk from the Library. Stacks of buses run right past the Library en route from Civic to Kingston/Manuka. Lots of options. Park in the city (“oh no, it’s not free”) and catch a bus. It just takes planning. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=action+bus+routes will help.

+1

The ability to park wherever you like whenever you like for free is not a god given right.

milkman 8:55 pm 23 Jul 12

Masquara said :

Er, why aren’t tourists being asked to use public transport?

Why should they? They bring money into our local economy, surely we should be trying to make things convenient for them.

Stevian 8:49 pm 23 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

c_c said :

About 2/3 of that carpark is used by Treasury, the rest by Library users. And it and all surrounding carparks are completely full during semester – so where do we park now NCA? Did you think about this at all?

There should be a damn massive underground carpark in the Triangle anyway, like under the Melbourne Museum.

Lack of parking in this area is killing tourism.

That’s the plan

Masquara 8:39 pm 23 Jul 12

Er, why aren’t tourists being asked to use public transport?

thehutch 8:38 pm 23 Jul 12

Aubergine said :

I would have thought it was helpful of the NCA to list all the alternative public parking nearby, rather than ‘unhelpful’. Are these all full when you go to park there? If so, why not consider driving in earlier, or later, when the odds are not everyone else will be trying the same thing. Or… yes, I’m going to say it… catch a bus. There are buses running through this area from all points every ten minutes at least. Every bus between Woden and the City can stop at Albert Hall, five minutes walk from the Library. Stacks of buses run right past the Library en route from Civic to Kingston/Manuka. Lots of options. Park in the city (“oh no, it’s not free”) and catch a bus. It just takes planning. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=action+bus+routes will help.

+1 pay parking for long term parking in this area should have happened a long time ago.

milkman 8:26 pm 23 Jul 12

It would nice if those running the show realised that removing carparking, increasing parking costs and telling us to use public transport is not a real solution.

Aubergine 8:15 pm 23 Jul 12

I would have thought it was helpful of the NCA to list all the alternative public parking nearby, rather than ‘unhelpful’. Are these all full when you go to park there? If so, why not consider driving in earlier, or later, when the odds are not everyone else will be trying the same thing. Or… yes, I’m going to say it… catch a bus. There are buses running through this area from all points every ten minutes at least. Every bus between Woden and the City can stop at Albert Hall, five minutes walk from the Library. Stacks of buses run right past the Library en route from Civic to Kingston/Manuka. Lots of options. Park in the city (“oh no, it’s not free”) and catch a bus. It just takes planning. http://lmgtfy.com/?q=action+bus+routes will help.

screaming banshee 7:31 pm 23 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

Lack of parking in this area is killing tourism.

Lack of policing of public servants parking in 3 and 4 hour car parks all day is the cause of lack of parking for tourists and visitors.

Masquara 7:21 pm 23 Jul 12

Zed – do you have any influence over parking in the parliamentary triangle? Can you do something about this anti-car push? I’m sick of the Green Nanny state telling me to catch the bus.

How_Canberran 7:16 pm 23 Jul 12

Patience Monty, patience. The ‘lack’ of parking will be addressed due to resounding complaints.

I eventually see a multi-story carpark being built, embracing the facade and stately ambience of the Parliamentary triangle.

It will also address the dire lack of tourist car-parking. Can it get any better?

Chaaaa – chinnnnng!

c_c 6:58 pm 23 Jul 12

Worth remembering that both sides of the Library were long earmarked for development, not just left as lawns. This is just the NCA trying to cut costs.

http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3683426-s2

smcphill 6:40 pm 23 Jul 12

c_c said :

About 2/3 of that carpark is used by Treasury, the rest by Library users. And it and all surrounding carparks are completely full during semester – so where do we park now NCA? Did you think about this at all?

Rather unhelpfully, they’ve listed the other public parking spaces nearby. Mind you, these are all pretty much at capacity already:

http://www.natcap.gov.au/index.php?option=com_content&id=2433:restoration-of-the-patrick-white-lawns

smcphill 6:35 pm 23 Jul 12

Completely agree that the parking situation is dire, and it’s pretty much all the NCA’s fault.

Having said that. I detest this particular carpark: the open grassland there used to be a beautiful spot along the lakeside. Going back a few years, there was a kite festival held there. I used to play football at lunchtime there. Now it’s a muddy cesspit.

Thanks NCA. Spend a wad of cash to make this area the way it used to be 5 years ago. Smart thinking.

dungfungus 6:29 pm 23 Jul 12

c_c said :

About 2/3 of that carpark is used by Treasury, the rest by Library users. And it and all surrounding carparks are completely full during semester – so where do we park now NCA? Did you think about this at all?

There should be a damn massive underground carpark in the Triangle anyway, like under the Melbourne Museum.

Lack of parking in this area is killing tourism.

c_c 6:03 pm 23 Jul 12

About 2/3 of that carpark is used by Treasury, the rest by Library users. And it and all surrounding carparks are completely full during semester – so where do we park now NCA? Did you think about this at all?

There should be a damn massive underground carpark in the Triangle anyway, like under the Melbourne Museum.

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