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NCA to crack down on median strip parking

By johnboy 10 February 2012 26

The National Capital Authority has released the public record of their December meeting.

Of particular interest is movement on the subject of parking on median strips:


The main avenues, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Commonwealth and Kings Avenues and State Circle are of significant landscape/structural importance in the National Capital Plan (Plan). Accordingly, each is included in the designated areas or is subject to special requirements. There is a growing trend for verges, median strips and other grassed/landscape areas to be used as informal car parks or construction management areas. The use of grass areas for car parking or construction logistics (storage, employee/equipment parking etc.) is likely to compromise the landscape value of these areas. It results in aesthetic deterioration as well compaction of the root zone of street and park trees.

The Decision

The NCA does not support the use of nature strips, median strips or other grassed areas
within designated areas for car parking (except for very short terms associated with approved
events or construction logistics). It was agreed that the NCA would install ‘No Parking – Grass
Areas’ signage in key trouble areas under NCA control.

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Prospector 9:57 pm 09 Jan 13

Hope someone tells Andy Barr of this decision. Seems it will (appropriately) rule out the appalling use of the Canberra Ave median strips adjoining Manuka Oval for car parking at major sporting events at the Oval.

Let them walk from their suitably parked cars or catch a bus.

Aenveigh 3:26 pm 14 Feb 12

NoImRight said :

Aenveigh said :

About time. Plenty of nature strip parkers could use the bus, and more people using the bus leads to more services, which makes it easier for more people to use the bus.. and so on.

If there’s not enough car parks in the Triangle perhaps it’s time for pay parking, to sort out the people who -really- need to drive (drop of kids to school, no decent PT) from those for whom it’s convenient, but really no worse off if they cycle/bus/walk to work.(like I used to be, right off Northbourne – but easier to drive when the parking is free).

Perhaps even priced like SFPark (ie dynamic pricing) – now that would be forward thinking… but would we ever see it in Canberra?

If youve ever tried to find a park after about 8.45 in that area you would know its hardly a matter of being “convenient”

That’s my point – I used to drive because it was convenient, but didn’t need to. There were plenty of others like me.
And we got there at 8.30 or before… whereas those who had to drop kids of got there later, and it was decidedly inconvenient to try and park then.
A charge a bit higher than a return bus fare won’t break the bank, but would encourage many people that can get the bus to do so, and free up some spots for the parents etc arriving later – making it more convenient for them (saving time looking for a park, then walking 10-15mins from the faraway spot they ended up having to use). Given the salaries most PS are on, saving 15 mins ought to be worth paying something for.
That, and the fact the NCA is currently ‘renting’ all that carpark land for car storage for nothing… maybe we’d pay les taxes if those actually using the carparking paid for it, instead of the cost being shared among all the non-drivers attending the same workplaces…

Henry82 3:44 pm 13 Feb 12

bigfeet said :

G-Fresh said :


This what?

this …please

bigfeet 3:27 pm 13 Feb 12

G-Fresh said :


This what?

G-Fresh 2:42 pm 13 Feb 12

bigfeet said :

Hopefully they will start with the area directly across the road from Old Parliament House.

A bunch of unemployed criminal vagrants have been parking their cars and camping there for years.


Martlark 2:18 pm 13 Feb 12

Aeek said :

Who gets the revenue?

The ACT government will provide parking enforcement and keep the fines. As well as all the hassle of chasing defaulters and etc etc etc.

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