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MLAs recommend an end to free parking for Federales

By captainwhorebags 30 August 2007 88

The standing committee on Planning and Environment has identified the availability of free parking “perks” as a disincentive to use the unprofitable ACTION network, according to this story today.

“Free parking on Commonwealth Government-occupied premises is a disincentive to the use of public transport and impacts negatively on the ACT’s ability to raise revenue from public transport,” the report said.

Both workers and visitors to Federal Buildings would be targeted. Areas identified for gouging include the Russell Precinct, Parliament House and departments within Barton and the Parliamentary Triangle. How the local government plans to enforce this on Commonwealth land is beyond me.

How about looking at why the ACTION services are unpopular, rather than using punitive measures to encourage uptake. A price rise, also suggested by the committee, is not likely to encourage usage either.

Of course, if the MLA’s are serious about this, then they should be foregoing their free parking privileges at the London Circuit Soviet. Not likely.

UPDATED: Apparently the Feds agree, so it looks like pay parking is inevitable.

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ant 8:06 pm 01 Sep 07

Paying for parking doesn’t miraculously make parking problems disappear. Look at Civic, the most expensive parking in Canberra. It’s a nightmare.

Making people who work in Barton/the triangle pay for parking just sounds like a punitive measure, to me. Who will it actually benefit? Just lashing out at people who aren’t paying for parking might make people feel better, but it achieves very little.

sepi 7:57 pm 01 Sep 07

MLAs get a free car and a parking spot right in the middle of civic – free.

My suggestion – not to build on the Canberra Theatre carpark or the Civic pool carpark. The disastrous parkign situation in Civic is now impacting on Russel, Campbell, regatta point and braddon. It will only get worse as parking diminishes.

el 5:12 pm 01 Sep 07

I would suggest

– filling in half of Lake Burley Griffin

– Construction of a MEGA carpark on top of newly filled in former lake areas.

– Light rail, light zeppilin and bus based public transport to and from said MEGA carpark to the CBD/Parliamentary Triangle/Canberra Airport/Fyshwick area – could also service new Kingston Foreshore area and hook up with existing train tracks if that side of the lake is the side that gets filled in…

miz 4:50 pm 01 Sep 07

Do the MLAs pay for parking?

Thumper 1:37 pm 31 Aug 07

Voucher parking. Walk in, present your bonafides, get a voucher, put it in car.

Samey same for hospitals.

Gungahlin Al 1:25 pm 31 Aug 07

Ingee: I’d have to agree on that stance. The one national attraction we do have to pay to park at – the botanical gardens – gives me the ribbets every time I go there because of it.

But how to stop free-loaders if pay-parking for staff was introduced…?

Ingeegoodbee 11:43 am 31 Aug 07

Some time ago I was told by a senior Liberal staffer that present Commonwealth government has a philosophical issue with paid parking at places like the National Library, the National Science and Technology Centre and National Gallery – given that these places are paid for by the Australian tax payer, they shouldn’t get slugged again when they come to visit these places.

I suppose that position might be reflected by the extraordinary lengths that the NGA goes to to keep pubes out of its car park before it opens to the public.

Thumper 10:11 am 31 Aug 07

“Mr Lloyd said the Government was yet to make a decision and Mr Stanhope should back off.

“The ACT Labor Government should get its act together and dramatically improve the public transport system in Canberra before it should be making any push to impose paid parking within the Parliamentary Triangle,” he said.

“He did not deny the Government was considering implementing pay parking at its sites.

Here we go again, Stanhope taking on the big boys. And the big boys are quite content to tell him hop back in his box and worry about his real responsibilities.


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