Parking on the Nature Strip along Majura Avenue

richardg 1 November 2011 41

majura avenue

I have lived on Majura Avenue for over 30 years. Many Majura Avenue dwellers are now being hounded by the traffic authorities to stop parking on their own nature strips.

This is a long standing problem which has now been exacerbated by: the increasing and inappropriate use of Majura Avenue as an arterial road; the development of single-bedroom units with inadequate provision for parking for guests, delivery vehicles, etc; and a lack of flexibility in the rules for the use of nature strips.

To set the scene, the nature strips along Majura Avenue are between six and eight metres wide. Although there are signs prohibiting stopping northbound along Majura Avenue between Wakefield Avenue and the first bus stop, there are none prohibiting parking between that bus stop and Cowper Street. Residents are therefore quite entitled to park on the roadway, restricting Majura Avenue to one-lane northbound – I would imagine that the evening peak hour traffic would be backed up along Limestone Avenue to the Australian War Memorial!

In 2004, when I was warned against leaving my car on the nature strip outside my house, I responded in writing, asking what the difference is between my getting approval to construct a semi-permanent garden on my nature strip and my (or others) occasionally parking there? I also asked whether the ACT Road Transport Authority, as it then was, would prefer me to park on the roadway? I also pointed out that eliminating residents’ current right to park on the roadway should also involve a reduction in our rates to reflect the loss of a current amenity.

The result was a vacuous letter from the traffic authorities about creating gardens on nature strips, and the complete cessation of further action to implement any ban on parking on nature strips along Majura Avenue.

There was a subsequent attempt a couple of years ago to warn me about parking outside my home; when I contacted the traffic authorities to ask if the policy had changed, I was assured that my notice was a mistake and that they had been targetting the next door house. (Hardly good policy implementation but good enough for my personal purposes!)

Now, with the building of units along Majura Avenue, it has all started again. Not only residents but their guests, delivery vehicles and tradespeople are presumably required to park on the roadway.

One hopes we can line up one of the Opposition MLAs so that if the traffic authorities attempt to gazette a parking ban and erect No Parking signs, a motion of disallowance of the legislative instrument can be lodged immediately, to allow time for yet another inquiry into the chaos that passes for urban planning in North Canberra.


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Rangi Rangi 9:02 am 10 Nov 11

I saw a grey PT cruiser that has been parked on the nature strip in front of the new units on Majura Avenue and collecting multiple tickets getting towed this morning.

Of course I don’t know if it was getting towed because it was broken down and that’s why it was there and getting tickets, or because it was getting multiple tickets and haddn’t been moved.

(actually it was a flat bed loader but you know what I mean

Usermane Usermane 6:24 pm 02 Nov 11

Innovation said :

IMO all vehicles etc parked on nature strips should be booked without warning. They cause visual ostructions to driveways and intersections (for vehicles AND pedestrians, stop pedestrians from seeking refuge off the road, wreck the vegetation and are a very quick way to bring down the reputation/value of the street.

Assuming basic maintenance is done, the people who denude their entire front yard and “landscape” it in red gravel or bare dirt or dead grass (with or without one of those round shrubs that were popular in the 50s) do more to ruin the streetscape than someone parking a car on the nature strip in front of some greenery will ever do. Although, if it’s a white Commodore…

G-Fresh G-Fresh 3:51 pm 02 Nov 11

anyone here got a car parked up their arse?

Henry82 Henry82 2:11 pm 02 Nov 11

richardg said :

that is “zero” – provision for visitor, delivery or tradespeople parking.

how do people living in the city survive? :/ Seriously, this is not the council’s problem, but the building designers who sacrifice practicality for selling more rooms. Also, please google “word wrap”

dtc dtc 12:50 pm 02 Nov 11

Innovation said :

IMO all vehicles etc parked on nature strips should be booked without warning. They cause visual ostructions to driveways and intersections (for vehicles AND pedestrians, stop pedestrians from seeking refuge off the road, wreck the vegetation and are a very quick way to bring down the reputation/value of the street..

Well, most of those arise from parking on the road as well.

And, really, saying ‘suck it up because you get increased land value’ is of little benefit if, you know, this is your home and you just want to live there and not move. In that situation all that you get is (a) higher rates and (b) a warm fuzzy feeling that your beneficiaries will be happy after you die.

poetix poetix 12:27 pm 02 Nov 11

richardg said :

Alas, no one seems to know what the “P” in ACTPLA really
stands for!

Pedantry.
Or to be pedantic, the ACT Pedantic Legalistic Authority.

richardg richardg 11:20 am 02 Nov 11

Sgt Bungers’ suggestion of making the road a clearway during peak
hours seems like a good one. It might require running a tow truck
along the road at about 4.10 pm daily to remove recalcitrants at first.

Vehicles parked on nature strips are no more a visual hazard than
vehicles parked (legally) on roadways.

One of the problems for the current crop of unit developments along Majura Avenue is that there is absolutely no – that is “zero” – provision for visitor, delivery or tradespeople parking.

The planning issue could have been solved had ACTPLA, when approving
developments along Majura Avenue, required developers to install
parking bays into the wide nature strips. Those could have been made
two-hour limits, Monday to Friday, and have parking meters to generate
income for the ACT and deter anyone thinking of leaving their vehicles
there all day. Alas, no one seems to know what the “P” in ACTPLA really
stands for!

Innovation Innovation 10:11 am 02 Nov 11

IMO all vehicles etc parked on nature strips should be booked without warning. They cause visual ostructions to driveways and intersections (for vehicles AND pedestrians, stop pedestrians from seeking refuge off the road, wreck the vegetation and are a very quick way to bring down the reputation/value of the street.

Those of you who have too many vehicles, boats caravans etc that you can’t legally park on your own land or on the street should really consider other options. Make room on your land, rationalise your vehicles or park/store your vehicles elsewhere. (Seriously #19Rusalka was there ever a time when all four cars were absolutely necessary simultaneously?). Visitors either park legally on the block or learn to walk from a nearby legal parking area. Even disabled visitors possibly could usually be catered for by being dropped off or the homeowner moving one or more of their own vehicles temporarily.

I can understand those people that are cranky because immediately adjacent on street parking is, or becomes, restricted but that is the price of living in an increasingly central/dense area. Your land values are steadily increasing at a far greater rate than any loss of amenity from losing any on street parking.

If the ACT Gov’t doesn’t start booking vehicles automatically, where does it stop? Eg, “I have six cars, a boat, two trailers and a caravan and parking for my one bedroom flat can’t accomodate them all?”

I know that temporary approvals can be obtained but I regularly see storage containers, multitudes of cars, trailers, boats and caravans parked on nature strips for months at a time and I doubt that any of them have any approval.

luther_bendross luther_bendross 8:57 am 02 Nov 11

Sgt.Bungers said :

My suggestions, in order of cost 🙂

Solution 1: …

Solution 2: …

Solution 3: …

Solution 4: ..

What the hell man!? This site isn’t about logical solutions, it’s about opinions, slagging off bogans and general cynicism!

To the OP’s issue: this issue must be looked at around your area. The Limestone-Majura-Cowper run was never designed to be an arterial but now it is, so ACT Govt. needs to change the way they operate. There is really plenty of place for parking on that verge, it’s not as if those strips are Floriade.

androo androo 6:12 am 02 Nov 11

If your car is insured and you can legally park on the road, then do it. Or, if you can illegally park on the nature-strip then do that and don’t complain when you get a ticket.

It’s like those who get “caught by revenue-raising speed cameras”… No there’s no conspiracy or revenue-raising, you were speeding – pay the damned fine and get over yourself. (With the exception of the insane 80kmh speed limits on the GDE – that one needs fixing).

Gungahlin Al said :

“Nature strip” – such a cute Canberra-ism for what the rest of Australia calls a verge.

Although…the way some people maintain (or not) theirs, it does seem to be reverting to nature.

Always called that in Sydney, and I’m pretty sure in Melbourne too.

thy_dungeonman thy_dungeonman 10:44 pm 01 Nov 11

I’m not sure about the actual laws or whether they differ between suburbs but here in waramanga he have no footpaths (although the roads are a quieter and have a sloped gutter) and we put gravel down over our “verge” where the only government property is a streetlight and we use this are to park without hassle. I think the reason they may not want you to park in your area is to maintain the amenity (of course without them spending any money, only making it through fines) of the street-scape by keeping the grass and trees alive.

From the photo it looks like there is plenty of room in front yards to add in extra gravel or concrete parking area if you want, it might preclude having a nice garden but if you own a number of cars then it’s really a choice you make. The only problem I have is when people block the path with their parking either on the nature strip or the driveway.

I also wish the government would fine people who park on the nature reserve (this is actual parkland) near my house, of course most of those people are government contractors landscaping one area as they destroy another with their utes.

astrojax astrojax 10:02 pm 01 Nov 11

easy solution – develop the nature strips and build dwellings for the vertically challenged among us, who don’t take up as much room as the rest of us big’uns. everything else is being developed around that area, so it will just blend in and in another 30 years time they won’t believe you when you tell of this ‘parking’ mallarky that so vexes you now..!

Walker Walker 9:44 pm 01 Nov 11

Clearly, the solution is beer.

AFC, just a short stagger away. But be sure to sign up, at least.

Doesn’t really get to the point I know but what else for it. Come on, you’re practically in town. Sure it may not be as safe as it used to be, demographics changing and what not, but hey you bought into the VIBRANT city bs, well here it is, mod cons and all.

tidalik tidalik 8:29 pm 01 Nov 11

My understanding was that parking on the nature strip ends up killing the street trees because the soil gets compressed. Maybe a tree-loving neighbour has made a complaint recently?

ThatUniStudent ThatUniStudent 7:21 pm 01 Nov 11

My mate lives in one of those houses along there. He’s always having to put up with the idiots in that photo with their two cars on the lawn. There’s normally 2-3 cars there most of the time, and last time he checked about 4 months ago one of them wasn’t registered. Given that it is illegal to park on the median strip, they’re not even supposed to be there. But you know what? For the sake of neighbourhood peace he ignores it. He figures if that’s the worst problem he has, then he’s doing pretty well. Mind you his dad grumbles like an old fart about it. Probably because he’s an old fart.

poetix poetix 5:38 pm 01 Nov 11

Gungahlin Al said :

“Nature strip” – such a cute Canberra-ism for what the rest of Australia calls a verge.

Although…the way some people maintain (or not) theirs, it does seem to be reverting to nature.

In Melbourne we always called them nature strips too.

dtc dtc 5:26 pm 01 Nov 11

Chop71 said :

suck it up princess.

You choose to live there, you choose to own a car, you can also choose where you park it.
Now I see YOU have 2 choices. Move your car or get a ticket.

Of course, 30 years ago this wasn’t actually an issue. Basically your argument is that if you choose to live in a house, and then conditions change due to government action, you should still suck it up. Rather than, you know, deal with it in a manner that really doesn’t cause too many problems.

A lot of inner North houses have garages in the back yard with a single lane entrance. Anyone with two cars either does the car shuffle or parks on the street. Of course, everyone parks on the street and, as a result, trucks or even some large cars cant get through. Naturally this is a far more preferable way of doing things than just allowing people to park on the nature strip.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:13 pm 01 Nov 11

The nature strips on Majura Ave are pretty big, too, which certainly helps negate any sight line issues for cars reversing out and the like.

It’s bureaucracy for bureaucracy’s sake, really.

Parking in the left lane would be an accident waiting to happen. You’d do well to last 24 hours without finding a car in your boot I reckon.

Thoroughly Smashed Thoroughly Smashed 4:05 pm 01 Nov 11

They’d make a killing if they came down to Kambah.

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