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Parking in Braddon – something needs to be done

By Alexandra Craig 9 September 2014 57

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Braddon is one of the fastest growing town centres in Canberra and while this is not going to be another article advocating for an IGA (however a recent survey found that around 80% of respondents are in favour of a supermarket in Braddon, just saying), this is an article advocating for greater parking availability.

Parking in Braddon is scarce – it’s on the verge of being non-existent. I am lucky enough that I live within easy walking distance to Lonsdale Street, and even luckier that my house has allocated parking so I don’t have to worry about parking on the street. However if I’m meeting up with non-Braddon residents for lunch, nine times out of ten they will be late because they’re not able to find a parking spot. Unless you’re one of the super lucky ones to nab a park in the small parking lot of about 20 spots (Haig Park, next to the big yellow Mandalay Bus), you’ll be fighting for a street park on Lonsdale or Mort Street – dizzy from doing laps around the block.

While friends being late for lunch and driving around in circles is frustrating for all parties, it is obviously not the most hugely inconvenient situation we’ll face in life and we can deal with it. So what about the businesses that are impacted? How does this affect them?

Adam Ciaccia from Axis Hairdressing took to Twitter in late August to express his frustration at the lack of parking. On average, four Axis clients per week are forced to cancel their appointments at the last minute because they’re unable to find a parking spot. Four customers per week, at an average cost of $250 per person is $1000 per week in sales lost by Axis. In one year, this will cost Axis – a local small business – around $48,000. This is a huge cut from their sales. Based on the minimum award rate, a loss of $48,000 each year is the cost of wages for a couple of junior apprentice hairdressers on the Axis staff. Before I lived within walking distance, I used to arrive about 30 minutes prior to my appointment with Axis because I was so worried about not being able to find a car spot. On multiple occasions I only just found a parking spot in time. Not everyone has the luxury of being able to drive around for 30 minutes looking for a parking spot like I had.

What can be done to increase parking in an already established town centre? Build on what you’ve got. I would be in strong favour of the parking lot next to the Mandalay Bus being extended to take up some of the largely unused Haig Park, however I suspect some may not like the idea of taking any amount of greenery away and replacing it with concrete.  Perhaps we build up instead? Use a similar perimeter to the current parking lot and build a multi-storey parking lot. It might only fit about 50-100 extra parking spots due to height restrictions that might be in place but it would definitely make a noticeable difference for visitors.

With a new business opening up every few months, it can be guaranteed that Braddon is not slowing down. It’s thriving with every new day and parking should be a priority.

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dkNigs 8:52 pm 11 Sep 14

Plus we have to remember the lack of parking is due to construction and construction workers. If you took the existing parking to rebuild into a multistory, there would be absolutely no parking in the immediate area for a good year or two (these things always take longer than they should). If you waited that long, Braddon would have a tonne of parking, every new apartment building is required to add to the pool of public parking.

fabforty 7:02 pm 11 Sep 14

Haig Park should be turned into a proper park – the playing and enjoyment kind, not the car kind. This is an excellent space for maybe a community garden and nice trees and gardens. People living in apartments need some attractive green spaces – not more car parks.

Alexandra Craig 4:57 pm 11 Sep 14

Kalliste said :

dkNigs said :

adamciaccia said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Surely the parking in Braddon, despite its apparent near third world crisis levels, is an improvement for Axis compared with their old Barry Dr location?

Yes, when the Feds cut jobs Canberra’s small businesses usually suffer, but this is a far larger problem than whinging about parking in one suburb. And the effects are felt well beyond the narrow scope of shopfront retail stores.

I know Canberra is not Sydney and that’s one very big plus for me, I love Canberra, but if (otherwise healthy and mobile) people are seriously sooking about parking in the Canberra Centre and walking to Braddon they need to HTFU.

It’s a 5-10 minute walk, haha, that’s all.

We have it pretty good here.

I agree with you, unfortunately my customers don’t. Canberra centre is a reasonable distance away 100%.

Haig Park is seriously only 100-150m closer than the Canberra centre carpark. Are your customers parking behind Mode 3 in the near vacant carpark since it went to govt parking a few weeks ago? I live in the building, and haven’t looked outside during the day in the past fortnight without seeing several free parks. $3 an hour, hour max stay, and inspectors doing laps to fine the all dayers seems to keep those spaces free which should be exactly what your clients need.

I also can’t believe people in Braddon want Haig Park to become a car park, while Braddon residents are fighting the Raiders building a new club/parking/retail space adjacent to Northbourne oval on the next damn street.

I don’t think Haig Park should be made into a carpark. That being said, something needs to be done with it, I don’t know many people who would walk through there at night and I barely want to during the day.

It needs a makeover, better lit, less dodgy toilets and nicer places to sit. It would also help if the nearby flats weren’t there.

Definitely needs to be better lit. Some extra maintenance wouldn’t go astray either – the grass gets quite long from time to time.

Kalliste 10:18 am 11 Sep 14

dkNigs said :

adamciaccia said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Surely the parking in Braddon, despite its apparent near third world crisis levels, is an improvement for Axis compared with their old Barry Dr location?

Yes, when the Feds cut jobs Canberra’s small businesses usually suffer, but this is a far larger problem than whinging about parking in one suburb. And the effects are felt well beyond the narrow scope of shopfront retail stores.

I know Canberra is not Sydney and that’s one very big plus for me, I love Canberra, but if (otherwise healthy and mobile) people are seriously sooking about parking in the Canberra Centre and walking to Braddon they need to HTFU.

It’s a 5-10 minute walk, haha, that’s all.

We have it pretty good here.

I agree with you, unfortunately my customers don’t. Canberra centre is a reasonable distance away 100%.

Haig Park is seriously only 100-150m closer than the Canberra centre carpark. Are your customers parking behind Mode 3 in the near vacant carpark since it went to govt parking a few weeks ago? I live in the building, and haven’t looked outside during the day in the past fortnight without seeing several free parks. $3 an hour, hour max stay, and inspectors doing laps to fine the all dayers seems to keep those spaces free which should be exactly what your clients need.

I also can’t believe people in Braddon want Haig Park to become a car park, while Braddon residents are fighting the Raiders building a new club/parking/retail space adjacent to Northbourne oval on the next damn street.

I don’t think Haig Park should be made into a carpark. That being said, something needs to be done with it, I don’t know many people who would walk through there at night and I barely want to during the day.

It needs a makeover, better lit, less dodgy toilets and nicer places to sit. It would also help if the nearby flats weren’t there.

Holden Caulfield 9:11 am 11 Sep 14

Pork Hunt said :

So far, no one has mentioned the several construction sites in Mort and Lonsdale Streets. The tradies start work at 6:30-7 am and quickly fill up the parking areas adjacent to Haig Park.
I am one of those tradies but I ride a motorcycle to work and as such am part of the solution, not the problem.
Once construction is complete at these sites, parking will improve rapidly.

That’s a good point, but until the transformation of Braddon into at least four blocks of shiny brand new mid-rise buildings is complete then there will be tradies taking up car parks.

Pork Hunt 7:55 pm 10 Sep 14

So far, no one has mentioned the several construction sites in Mort and Lonsdale Streets. The tradies start work at 6:30-7 am and quickly fill up the parking areas adjacent to Haig Park.
I am one of those tradies but I ride a motorcycle to work and as such am part of the solution, not the problem.
Once construction is complete at these sites, parking will improve rapidly.

dkNigs 7:34 pm 10 Sep 14

adamciaccia said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Surely the parking in Braddon, despite its apparent near third world crisis levels, is an improvement for Axis compared with their old Barry Dr location?

Yes, when the Feds cut jobs Canberra’s small businesses usually suffer, but this is a far larger problem than whinging about parking in one suburb. And the effects are felt well beyond the narrow scope of shopfront retail stores.

I know Canberra is not Sydney and that’s one very big plus for me, I love Canberra, but if (otherwise healthy and mobile) people are seriously sooking about parking in the Canberra Centre and walking to Braddon they need to HTFU.

It’s a 5-10 minute walk, haha, that’s all.

We have it pretty good here.

I agree with you, unfortunately my customers don’t. Canberra centre is a reasonable distance away 100%.

Haig Park is seriously only 100-150m closer than the Canberra centre carpark. Are your customers parking behind Mode 3 in the near vacant carpark since it went to govt parking a few weeks ago? I live in the building, and haven’t looked outside during the day in the past fortnight without seeing several free parks. $3 an hour, hour max stay, and inspectors doing laps to fine the all dayers seems to keep those spaces free which should be exactly what your clients need.

I also can’t believe people in Braddon want Haig Park to become a car park, while Braddon residents are fighting the Raiders building a new club/parking/retail space adjacent to Northbourne oval on the next damn street.

James McMahon 6:07 pm 10 Sep 14

I have been informed that these guys are coming to Braddon http://www.parkhound.com.au

Holden Caulfield 4:54 pm 10 Sep 14

adamciaccia said :

I agree with you, unfortunately my customers don’t. Canberra centre is a reasonable distance away 100%.

600m.

Of course a park outside the front door would be ace, who wouldn’t love that!

But I think it’s time we Canberrans began to understand our city is changing and the price of the “Braddon + small boutique business = mega popular” equation is some minor inconvenience with things like parking.

600m is not that far to walk, 100%. It’s a mindset.

600m is about the same as walking from the southern end of the QVB in Sydney and through The Strand into Pitt Street mall.

Too far?!

You need to start edumacating your customers, lol!

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:02 pm 10 Sep 14

Bugger me, $250 is a lot to pay for a haircut! Fortunately we live in a wealthy and free country, and good on the business owner for successfully selling a premium service.

Alexandra Craig 2:46 pm 10 Sep 14

watto23 said :

carnardly said :

I’m more blown away by the ‘and at an average visit of $250…’

who in God’s name gets hair services done to the value of $250 at a time – unless its say for a wedding party.

That’s what I spend on haircuts in a year… blimey Charlie.

So I had to google. a haircut is starting *FROM* $105 for a haircut with the big cheese. Seriously???

Is that what people charge (and other suckers pay) for a haircut these days? Then there’s another $80 to $90 or so for colouring up.

What is the difference between a $200 cut and colour (chokes on own lungs at the mere thought…) vs a suburban hairdresser at half that cost. Please someone who goes there, enlighten me…

I’m astounded by this too. I thought $28.50 was pricey, although found a new place that is $25 and every 5th haircut is free!
I realise women like a a few extra things done, but I still can’t imagine why you’d pay more than $100. Is it just that they can get away with charging $250+ to women? How often would a woman get a $250 hair job done?

I guarantee you, if I went to a really basic salon in the suburbs and got a cut, colour, wash, blowdry/style and sometimes a treatment (this is what I get done at Axis) it would cost about $180. This is the standard. I pay extra to go to Axis because of the expertise of staff, the quality of products used, the experience you receive (I mentioned this in an earlier comment – the staff offer you a variety of drinks, an iPad to read magazines on, the salon is always in pristine condition/always spotless etc), and the satisfaction you have with the finished product. I’ve always loved my hair after leaving Axis. When I used to go to other salons I was never 100% happy with what I ended up with.

Masquara 2:27 pm 10 Sep 14

watto23 said :

carnardly said :

I’m more blown away by the ‘and at an average visit of $250…’

who in God’s name gets hair services done to the value of $250 at a time – unless its say for a wedding party.

That’s what I spend on haircuts in a year… blimey Charlie.

So I had to google. a haircut is starting *FROM* $105 for a haircut with the big cheese. Seriously???

Is that what people charge (and other suckers pay) for a haircut these days? Then there’s another $80 to $90 or so for colouring up.

What is the difference between a $200 cut and colour (chokes on own lungs at the mere thought…) vs a suburban hairdresser at half that cost. Please someone who goes there, enlighten me…

I’m astounded by this too. I thought $28.50 was pricey, although found a new place that is $25 and every 5th haircut is free!
I realise women like a a few extra things done, but I still can’t imagine why you’d pay more than $100. Is it just that they can get away with charging $250+ to women? How often would a woman get a $250 hair job done?

Actually I think the women who spend that sort of money are women who need grey hair fixed up perhaps – good colouring takes ages and is very fiddly …

watto23 12:18 pm 10 Sep 14

carnardly said :

I’m more blown away by the ‘and at an average visit of $250…’

who in God’s name gets hair services done to the value of $250 at a time – unless its say for a wedding party.

That’s what I spend on haircuts in a year… blimey Charlie.

So I had to google. a haircut is starting *FROM* $105 for a haircut with the big cheese. Seriously???

Is that what people charge (and other suckers pay) for a haircut these days? Then there’s another $80 to $90 or so for colouring up.

What is the difference between a $200 cut and colour (chokes on own lungs at the mere thought…) vs a suburban hairdresser at half that cost. Please someone who goes there, enlighten me…

I’m astounded by this too. I thought $28.50 was pricey, although found a new place that is $25 and every 5th haircut is free!
I realise women like a a few extra things done, but I still can’t imagine why you’d pay more than $100. Is it just that they can get away with charging $250+ to women? How often would a woman get a $250 hair job done?

adamciaccia 11:51 am 10 Sep 14

Holden Caulfield said :

Surely the parking in Braddon, despite its apparent near third world crisis levels, is an improvement for Axis compared with their old Barry Dr location?

Yes, when the Feds cut jobs Canberra’s small businesses usually suffer, but this is a far larger problem than whinging about parking in one suburb. And the effects are felt well beyond the narrow scope of shopfront retail stores.

I know Canberra is not Sydney and that’s one very big plus for me, I love Canberra, but if (otherwise healthy and mobile) people are seriously sooking about parking in the Canberra Centre and walking to Braddon they need to HTFU.

It’s a 5-10 minute walk, haha, that’s all.

We have it pretty good here.

I agree with you, unfortunately my customers don’t. Canberra centre is a reasonable distance away 100%.

Holden Caulfield 11:11 am 10 Sep 14

Surely the parking in Braddon, despite its apparent near third world crisis levels, is an improvement for Axis compared with their old Barry Dr location?

Yes, when the Feds cut jobs Canberra’s small businesses usually suffer, but this is a far larger problem than whinging about parking in one suburb. And the effects are felt well beyond the narrow scope of shopfront retail stores.

I know Canberra is not Sydney and that’s one very big plus for me, I love Canberra, but if (otherwise healthy and mobile) people are seriously sooking about parking in the Canberra Centre and walking to Braddon they need to HTFU.

It’s a 5-10 minute walk, haha, that’s all.

We have it pretty good here.

davo101 10:20 am 10 Sep 14

tuco said :

So the suggestion is to make Haig Park into Haig Car Park? Seriously? Let’s work out if those car park options (sans trees and a park) are X metres closer to Axis than the bazillion carparks in the city. Because that X is how much value we are putting on the greenspace.

davo101 said :

There are many many car parking spaces about 400m to the south of Axis. The existing car park in Haig park is about 300m to the north. Are you really that lazy?

Yeap, we’re talking 100 metres closer.

aussieboy 7:12 am 10 Sep 14

What a ridiculous post.

I live in Braddon and we most certainly do not need any more parking or an IGA. It’s so great that we have equal numbers of cyclists/drivers at the moment, and there’s always a bus from Civic if you need it. Once a city gets to a certain density, it is a complete waste of time adding carparking – the only thing anyone should be advocating for is better public transport.

The other thing we need in Braddon is a decent non-ripoff bar. Bentspoke and Hopscotch might be popular, but if any of the microbreweries from Sydney or Melbourne set up shop, their customer base would collapse overnight. Canberra needs to stop settling for the mediocre.

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