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Median strip parking OK on Anzac Day but not for other events?

By Masquara - 26 April 2016 11

Car parking

Every time there’s a blockbuster on at the NGA, or a major sporting event in Manuka,  and visitors can’t get a park, the NCA and ACT Government send in the parking inspectors and wreck the experience for visitors with a massive revenue-raising exercise.

Interestingly, Dawn Service crowds seem to be exempted. Yesterday morning and for much of the day there were dozens, if not 100, cars parked on the median strip on Limestone Avenue a short walk from the War Memorial, with many of the cars still there mid-afternoon opposite the pub.

I’m NOT in favour of booking “event parked” cars, and I wonder why the decision was made on the ACT Government and the NCA’s watch to let this exception happen – given that the reason cited for the bookings re cultural and sporting events is always “it poses a traffic danger”. No less a supposed “traffic danger” yesterday morning … How is it that illegal parking for  “sport, culture, entertainment” events poses a risk to citizens, and illegal parking for “commemoration” events is safe?

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11 Responses to
Median strip parking OK on Anzac Day but not for other events?
Mordd 12:28 am 30 Apr 16

Thanks for the update Charlotte.

dungfungus 8:11 am 29 Apr 16

Lenient said :

@Mordd I did receive a response from a spokesman for the Chief Minister.
This is what it said:
Yes, we would be responsible for parking on Limestone Ave. I have checked, and we didn’t have any parking inspectors operating in that area on Anzac Day.

What a joke.
Here we have the ACT Chief Minister declaring Anzac Day a public holiday after championing public holiday penalty rates “for the werkers” and then not allowing them to work on Limestone Avenue on that day.

Charlotte Harper 7:40 am 29 Apr 16

@Mordd I did receive a response from a spokesman for the Chief Minister.
This is what it said:
Yes, we would be responsible for parking on Limestone Ave. I have checked, and we didn’t have any parking inspectors operating in that area on Anzac Day.

Mordd 5:23 am 29 Apr 16

JC said :

Hi @Masquara, I took your question with me to a press conference today about something else and asked Malcolm Snow, the CEO of the NCA, about this issue. He said that the NCA’s own parking inspectors had been out and had issued tickets during the day yesterday, on Parkes Way. He said parking on median strips is a serious safety issue.
Limestone Avenue comes under the ACT Government’s jurisdiction not the NCA’s. I have asked the Chief Minister’s office for a response as parking issues are managed within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.
http://www.act.gov.au/browse/topics/transport-roads-and-traffic/parking

Did you get a response?

Masquara 12:41 pm 27 Apr 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

Can we take the licence plates of all those cars parking on public green space and park on those people’s gardens as part of the Universal Parking Rights as described in this apparent Geneva Rights For Car Owners? I assume they will welcome any efforts at killing off all vegetation within reach of vehicles.

Good luck to you! I can’t see that you’ll have much luck identifying car owners’ addresses from their number plates, even if you do have the time and energy to embark on a project to park your car in 100 or so local and interstate gardens …

Nilrem 9:41 am 27 Apr 16

Mysteryman said :

JC said :

Hi @Masquara, I took your question with me to a press conference today about something else and asked Malcolm Snow, the CEO of the NCA, about this issue. He said that the NCA’s own parking inspectors had been out and had issued tickets during the day yesterday, on Parkes Way. He said parking on median strips is a serious safety issue.
Limestone Avenue comes under the ACT Government’s jurisdiction not the NCA’s. I have asked the Chief Minister’s office for a response as parking issues are managed within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.
http://www.act.gov.au/browse/topics/transport-roads-and-traffic/parking

It will be interesting to hear what Barr has to say! And hopefully there won’t be parking tickets next year either.

Why can’t we do what people in other cities do – park legally and walk a bit further? I suspect most of the parkers weren’t aged veterans.

Nilrem 9:29 am 27 Apr 16

wildturkeycanoe said :

Can we take the licence plates of all those cars parking on public green space and park on those people’s gardens as part of the Universal Parking Rights as described in this apparent Geneva Rights For Car Owners? I assume they will welcome any efforts at killing off all vegetation within reach of vehicles.

Do people realise that parking on grass kills the grass and is bad for nearby trees?

rubaiyat 7:25 pm 26 Apr 16

Can we take the licence plates of all those cars parking on public green space and park on those people’s gardens as part of the Universal Parking Rights as described in this apparent Geneva Rights For Car Owners? I assume they will welcome any efforts at killing off all vegetation within reach of vehicles.

Masquara 6:34 pm 26 Apr 16

JC said :

Hi @Masquara, I took your question with me to a press conference today about something else and asked Malcolm Snow, the CEO of the NCA, about this issue. He said that the NCA’s own parking inspectors had been out and had issued tickets during the day yesterday, on Parkes Way. He said parking on median strips is a serious safety issue.
Limestone Avenue comes under the ACT Government’s jurisdiction not the NCA’s. I have asked the Chief Minister’s office for a response as parking issues are managed within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.
http://www.act.gov.au/browse/topics/transport-roads-and-traffic/parking

It will be interesting to hear what Barr has to say! And hopefully there won’t be parking tickets next year either.

Lurker2913 5:59 pm 26 Apr 16

The territory government does not want a veteran on the front page of the Canbera Times holding a parking ticket complaining that he can’t afford the ticket on the pension and the lack of formal parking.

Charlotte Harper 2:40 pm 26 Apr 16

Hi @Masquara, I took your question with me to a press conference today about something else and asked Malcolm Snow, the CEO of the NCA, about this issue. He said that the NCA’s own parking inspectors had been out and had issued tickets during the day yesterday, on Parkes Way. He said parking on median strips is a serious safety issue.
Limestone Avenue comes under the ACT Government’s jurisdiction not the NCA’s. I have asked the Chief Minister’s office for a response as parking issues are managed within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.
http://www.act.gov.au/browse/topics/transport-roads-and-traffic/parking

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