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Simon to screw up parking as social engineering exercise? Or just to make a buck?

By johnboy 1 March 2007 31

Hopefully with links to follow, Simon Corbll has been on the ABC announcing that he’s going to reduce the parking spaces available near where you work.

Doubtless this space will not be transformed into schools or parkland, but will rather go to his developer buddies.

Simon presents this as a responsible way of forcing you to use public transport or the pushbike (any bets Simon’s every brought a weeks shopping home on the back of his bicycle?). This is a good thing.

Funny that when it comes to providing a decent bus schedule Simon’s nowhere to be found. But when it comes to flogging off more public amenity he’s first out of the box.

UPDATED: Simon’s media release on his parking strategy is now online he wants more short stay parking for the consumers and the workers can lump it.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Simon has also announced a “sustainable transport contribution fund” by which developers can directly apply grease to the wheels of their planning approvals.

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LG 9:29 am 05 Mar 07

Did anyone notice when they changed the parking in Civic to mainly short-term (I think near the assembly and courts?), that they didn’t have a corresponding reduction in parking charges? That is, we were forced to basically pay all-day parking fees for four hours of parking.

I can see more of this rort in the future.

Ingeegoodbee 8:33 am 03 Mar 07

This reminds me of the situation that developed in Sydney in the 90’s. The State Governmnet was building the Harbour Tunnel to get more cars into the city and the Sydney City Council changed planning policy to limit the number of car-parks that could be built into new developments. Now days a permanent parking spot in the Sydney CBD can cost you $450 a week.

cranky 10:18 pm 02 Mar 07

Don’t remember this policy being broadcast prior to the last election.

Absolute power corrupts?

emd 9:30 pm 02 Mar 07

If they want people to take a positive view of catching buses, they need to provide the bus services and THEN tell us we have no alternative but to use them.

It is bloody useless telling me to catch a bus when my suburb doesn’t have any to catch.

As it is, I walk 20 mins to the interchange on the one day per week that I don’t have a kids drop-off to do. But I can’t catch a bus home, because I’m pregnant and I’ll be damned if I’m walking 20 mins uphill at the end of a long working day.

astrojax 4:58 pm 02 Mar 07

This is one policy that our fearless leaders will have to ACTION – but the torpid state of public services don’t augur well. Another shambles.

State governments – sheesh!

Pandy 12:35 pm 02 Mar 07

I think you menat Simon, Louise

louise 11:35 am 02 Mar 07

So Andy closes schools, telling parents its ok to drive their kids to school now — some closed schools had very high walk-to-school rates.

Then Simon tells us we should all be driving less to save the environment.

Just whose environment are they on about?

seepi 10:39 am 02 Mar 07

Corbell does have small kids I thought?

Parents Need Teddys 8:55 am 02 Mar 07

Has anyone noticed that our lefty communist in the Assembly, Corbell, has been pandying to the developers of late.

Steveu – Corbell doesn’t have kids so he clearly couldn’t give a shit about yours… for that matter the entire Stanhope Government doesn’t seem to give a damn about the kids in this territory!

steveu 7:19 am 02 Mar 07

People will need to drive to work because if you have children, you inevitably have to drive them to school. Its not practical in alot of cases to leave kids on their own to catch a bus (they cant walk to school anymore thanx to the schools rationalisation). You pretty much alienate the overwhelming majroity of the community by stopping people from driving to work. To add to that, I refused to travel for over 2 hours every day on public transport when a round trip in the car takes 40 minutes, and parental responinsibilities makes this impossible. Wake up Simon, you stupid, ignorant wanker and stop throwing public money at your developer mates and pretending to do ‘the environment’ a favour.

futto 11:10 pm 01 Mar 07

The main 3xx buses out of woden to civic are so full from 730 to 9am, i don’t know how they could support more people now anyway.

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