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Where to get reasonably priced parking in Civic?

sunshine 19 October 2008 55

I’m just about to change jobs which means giving up my free parking spot in civic and finding another parking spot in Civic.

Can anyone suggest a long stay parking area in civic that doesn’t cost a fortune???


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sunshine sunshine 7:12 pm 30 Apr 09

ant said :

I’ll be working in Allara St Civic shortly (sigh). I’ve printed off the TAMS map, showing $7.50 and $5 all-day gov’t parking near there. (and a giant carpark opposite the Lakeside that is private, I wonder how much that one is?).

Question: how fast in the morning do those all day parks around Constitution Ave/Allara St fill up? What time do you have to be there by to get a spot?

I’m planning to buy a weekly ticket, and shall comb through this thread again for all the tips people have given.

I’d catch a bus, but they don’t have one going to Captain’s Flat yet.

i usually get there around 8 and it’s starting to fill up by then – can’t get anything after about 8.50/9am and heavan help you if you decide that you need to go out during the day and come back – no hope of anything then.

ant ant 11:41 am 30 Apr 09

I’ll be working in Allara St Civic shortly (sigh). I’ve printed off the TAMS map, showing $7.50 and $5 all-day gov’t parking near there. (and a giant carpark opposite the Lakeside that is private, I wonder how much that one is?).

Question: how fast in the morning do those all day parks around Constitution Ave/Allara St fill up? What time do you have to be there by to get a spot?

I’m planning to buy a weekly ticket, and shall comb through this thread again for all the tips people have given.

I’d catch a bus, but they don’t have one going to Captain’s Flat yet.

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 8:57 am 22 Oct 08

As for the fringe benefits tax, Defence pay for their employee’s parking at Brindabella Business Park.

A hell of a lot less spaces out there. Defence staff do have it good (a free Gym, free postgrad. education if you have the energy and will (I highly recommend this!), etc.. but they do like their free parking)!

If I had to battle the bad roads, traffic and distance to get out to Brindabella Business Park each day, I’d very expect free parking, free gym and plenty more. Since I have the choice, I forgo all of those nicety’s and not have to travel there at all.

VicePope VicePope 11:18 pm 21 Oct 08

How to get cheap parking. Pretend to be a builder and park in Civic West on one of the streets they have blocked off to ensure site access. Make sure you have a van with stickers for the Motorists Party …

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 10:48 pm 21 Oct 08

Deano said :

As for the fringe benefits tax, Defence pay for their employee’s parking at Brindabella Business Park.

A hell of a lot less spaces out there. Defence staff do have it good (a free Gym, free postgrad. education if you have the energy and will (I highly recommend this!), etc.. but they do like their free parking)! Like I said, it’s not necessarily my view but if they see you get a bike out of your car in ‘their’ carpark, expect some abuse.

bigfeet bigfeet 11:14 pm 20 Oct 08

I reckon they would argue because their main frontage is on Kings Ave, they are in. Even though their actual address is 1 National Circuit!!

ant ant 11:05 pm 20 Oct 08

Don’t tell PM&C they’re out of the triangle! They’d have a fit.

Deano Deano 10:51 pm 20 Oct 08

Defence carparks are under the NCA’s jurisdiction and they are anti pay parking. They were also anti to Defence building multistory carparks there as well.

As for the fringe benefits tax, Defence pay for their employee’s parking at Brindabella Business Park.

bigfeet bigfeet 10:28 pm 20 Oct 08

ant said :

Well interestingly, when the patch DFAT lease for the carpark is resumed (Finance have sold the patch to Climate Change), at some point, a commercial PAY park is going to be built between DFAT and the Moths (on the Sydney Ave side). For DFAT staff parking. So maybe they can do it if it’s sold/contracted out to someone.

DFAT is actually out of the triangle, if you take it as traditionally, apex of Parliament House, City Hill, and Defence, bounded by Kings Ave, Constitution Ave and Commonwealth Ave

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Inner-canberra-triangle_MJC01.png

ant ant 10:18 pm 20 Oct 08

Well interestingly, when the patch DFAT lease for the carpark is resumed (Finance have sold the patch to Climate Change), at some point, a commercial PAY park is going to be built between DFAT and the Moths (on the Sydney Ave side). For DFAT staff parking. So maybe they can do it if it’s sold/contracted out to someone.

sepi sepi 9:24 pm 20 Oct 08

Defence can’t charge for parking, as they are part of the parliamentary triangle. Lots of staff wish they would charge, and then you could actually get a spot there. Before civic parking became such a shocker defence staff had no trouble parking, there are ample places for the defence workers.

– and on good buses for the inner north – they used to be ok, but in the latest round of ‘improvements’ to Action, they were drastically reduced – perhaps to match the services everywhere else.

ant ant 9:08 pm 20 Oct 08

Argh. Stuffed up me code above. The first para is the quote from Berraboy about Defence. The rest is mine and shouldn’t be in italics. (I much prefer Whirlpool’s method, where you select what you want to quote).

ant ant 9:06 pm 20 Oct 08

Berraboy said

BerraBoy68 said :

Vic Bitterman said :

The Dep’t has been considering making the Defence car-parks ‘staff only’ for years to stop people who work in town parking there but the fringe benefits tax would kill their budget.

I always wondered how DFAT afforded their staff carpark/s. Tehy have a big one under neath, open to anyone there early enough, and then there’s the big one over the road on Brisbane Ave. You need a sticker and of course there’s teh boom gate. And a fake cop standing there during rush hour to stop the kerb hoppers. I figured it must attract FBT?

They’re soon to lose that, as it’s where the new Climate Change building is going. Parking in Barton is going to become hell as several hundred DFAT cars go nosing around for a park.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 8:49 pm 20 Oct 08

Morgan said :

Why should defence staff get free parking? If they are so upset about the lack of parking, charge like everywhere else…

Cos they are precious Morgan, that’s why!!! lol

Morgan Morgan 8:47 pm 20 Oct 08

Why should defence staff get free parking? If they are so upset about the lack of parking, charge like everywhere else…

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 8:38 pm 20 Oct 08

BerraBoy68 said :

Vic Bitterman said :

I park for free at the defence carparks in Russell and I have my pushbike in the back of the wagon. 10 minute ride into work. And free parking, and exercise. Bliss!

I can’t believe you admit to that. I used to work at Russell, still go there weekly for meetings in fact, and I think it’s fair to say many of those who work there roundly despise those who park there then transit into the city to their own workplace.

Not that that’s how I feel necessarily, but I certainly wouldn’t advertise the fact you do it.

Why not ride your bike all the way from home so you can feel even more ‘blissful’?

The Dep’t has been considering making the Defence car-parks ‘staff only’ for years to stop people who work in town parking there but the fringe benefits tax would kill their budget.

When I worked in town some years ago, I joined the Canberra City Bowling Club in Turner. Cost me about $100 for the year and I got to park there everyday. Now my office is right next to James Court apartments (on Northbourne) and due to the benevolence of my employer I get free parking at the back of our building. That really is gold.

Why not?

Approx 20 minute drive from Tuggers to Russell. Then another 10 minutes on the old deadly treadly. Great daily exercise!!!

At least 2 other co-workers of mine do the same. Anecdotally I see quite a few others doing the same, the I see the same people regularly each week.

Money in our pockets as public servants, we are not on a time-clock like contractots, in which case the 10 minute ride would be worth less than clocking on after parking nearby!

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:28 pm 20 Oct 08

Vic Bitterman said :

I park for free at the defence carparks in Russell and I have my pushbike in the back of the wagon. 10 minute ride into work. And free parking, and exercise. Bliss!

I can’t believe you admit to that. I used to work at Russell, still go there weekly for meetings in fact, and I think it’s fair to say many of those who work there roundly despise those who park there then transit into the city to their own workplace. Not that that’s how I feel necessarily, but I certainly wouldn’t advertise the fact you do it. Why not ride your bike all the way from home so you can feel even more ‘blissful’?

The Dep’t has been considering making the Defence car-parks ‘staff only’ for years to stop people who work in town parking there but the fringe benefits tax would kill their budget.

When I worked in town some years ago, I joined the Canberra City Bowling Club in Turner. Cost me about $100 for the year and I got to park there everyday. Now my office is right next to James Court apartments (on Northbourne) and due to the benevolence of my employer I get free parking at the back of our building. That really is gold.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 7:15 pm 20 Oct 08

I park for free at the defence carparks in Russell and I have my pushbike in the back of the wagon. 10 minute ride into work. And free parking, and exercise. Bliss!

sunshine sunshine 6:08 pm 20 Oct 08

harvyk1 said :

tylersmayhem said :

i’ve thought about the bus however i’m one of those people that it doesn’t suit at all

Hi sunshine – I’m wondering why this doesn’t “suit”?

I don’t know about sunshine, but for me buses don’t suit because they take twice as long as a car, they go at awful times, and they all take the scenic route from my place. I have found that the only places where buses are any good are in the inner south, inner north and Belconnen. I think Action decided that these where the money spots and that the rest of Canberra could get screwed. Considering I’ve lived in most area’s of Canberra, this was my experience, it was these places which got a half decent bus service. The rest of Canberra got rubbish.

harvyk1 said :

tylersmayhem said :

i’ve thought about the bus however i’m one of those people that it doesn’t suit at all

there’s some more of my reasons

sunshine sunshine 6:06 pm 20 Oct 08

tylersmayhem said :

i’ve thought about the bus however i’m one of those people that it doesn’t suit at all

Hi sunshine – I’m wondering why this doesn’t “suit”?

lots of reasons! to mention just a few: can’t stand being in confined spaces with sweaty strangers, buses too unreliable, need my car to travel around for work, could go on but shan’t bore you with my reasons.

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