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The bell tolls for free parking in Barton

By johnboy 8 April 2010 26

The Canberra Times has a good piece of digging by Markus Mannheim on the imminent end to free parking in Barton.

It seems the vast tracts of free parking in The Valley Of Death (has there ever been so many high income workers so poorly served by amenity?) is about to become a huge Fringe Benefits Tax event for the public service with a commercial multistory opening in the area in the next couple of years:

Tax law demands employers that provide parking for their workers pay FBT if a commercial all-day car park operates within 1km of their workplace.

Where the Chiefly Stanhope’s Angry Voice has failed a whopping great bill and glittering redevelopment opportunities will almost certainly succeed!

But will they sort the buses out? Hell No! A meaningless number like 500 buses a day is apparently the magic one.

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RCB 2:56 pm 11 Jun 10

To answer youami there is a reason SES get paid more, but its not what you are trying to hint at!

Most Upper management in the Public service are just like most politicians. Over paid, over confident, extremely incompetent and looking for their own interests! They claim they have more responsibility, but when all their idiotic ideas and policies fail they blame someone else or just move on to the next job. The reason they are usually in their job is because they all talk the talk and are the only ones that can bare to listen to their crap and worse believe it.

BTW youami are you SES or are you just naive?

Side Point:
I give more to my job than it pays, (weekends and unpaid overtime). I was/can earn more in the private sector. But I enjoy what I do and feel I’m making a contirbution to a better socitiey in Australia hence “Public Servant”. But I am starting to consider other jobs as my conditions decline(parking one of them).

The point that some people here are missing is that the government should be IMPROVING our standards of living not degrading them.
Nobody should have to PAY to park going to work in Canberra FullStop — Or commute 1 hour each way (This is not a city of millions, or unplanned large city, so no comparisons)

Buses are a joke. I live in a Woden suburb and I only have 2 buses to catch that are direct the whole journey takes 3 times longer (6 times longer if I go via depot) than if I drove and the buses sometimes don’t stop as they are FULL.

Riding a bike is dangerous on Adelaide Ave!! (green strips). Make a bike path that is direct to Barton OFF the rode no in the middle or cars doing 80kmph. Common-sense somebody?

It’s a shame to see Canberra being ruined by Greedy businesses, officials and politicians.

youami 2:01 pm 12 Apr 10

There is the new Redex every 15 minutes that goes through Barton 7am to 7pm. Public transport is fine in the area if one bothers to do some research but if it doesn’t spend the 10 minute walk through parklands to Albert Hall bus stop! And for those who whinge about the thought of having to pay for parking why don’t you take a look at pretty much everywhere else in Canberra. Barton isn’t special and shouldn’t be treated as such… driving is a privilege not a right.

miz said :

Sepi, you are so right – in my Dept (AGD), the SES all get ACT Govt permits to park their salary package cars for nothing in specially designated places. Whereas, it’s the average, less well paid ‘paeons’ who would have to pay for parking. Currently, non-SES staff in our Dept can get underground paid parking through a lottery arrangement that turns about every few months. I can’t afford this so I don’t do that myself, and rely on the free parking out the back.

Frankly, this whole argument if back to front – there should in fact be free parking for all employees in the CBD areas (inc NCA and Civic) if they need it. Personally, I get the bus four days a week but MUST drive the other day so I can get to UC, and back to work, in a reasonable timeframe during the afternoon. If the buses were efficient, people would use them regardless of a foolish ‘stick’ like pay parking.

If I had to pay for parking, I would seriously reconsider ditching my job in Barton, and I will never apply for a Civic job due to the same concern. Depts are already so short staffed this should be a serious consideration for the NCA.

As for SES staff, they get paid more than plebs sure but there is a reason for that! C’mon, do you stay at work for 70 hours a week, don’t get overtime, respond to emails and phone calls on weekends without pay? Do you have to go to meeting after meeting after meeting? Give them a break, maybe you should start thinking about your work ethics rather than criticise hardworking professionals who most likely have earnt their car spot!

And what? You would reconsider your job if you had to pay for parking? Seriously? Wake up you spoilt brat and smell the real world of user-pays.

miz 1:23 pm 10 Apr 10

Sepi, you are so right – in my Dept (AGD), the SES all get ACT Govt permits to park their salary package cars for nothing in specially designated places. Whereas, it’s the average, less well paid ‘paeons’ who would have to pay for parking. Currently, non-SES staff in our Dept can get underground paid parking through a lottery arrangement that turns about every few months. I can’t afford this so I don’t do that myself, and rely on the free parking out the back.

Frankly, this whole argument if back to front – there should in fact be free parking for all employees in the CBD areas (inc NCA and Civic) if they need it. Personally, I get the bus four days a week but MUST drive the other day so I can get to UC, and back to work, in a reasonable timeframe during the afternoon. If the buses were efficient, people would use them regardless of a foolish ‘stick’ like pay parking.

If I had to pay for parking, I would seriously reconsider ditching my job in Barton, and I will never apply for a Civic job due to the same concern. Depts are already so short staffed this should be a serious consideration for the NCA.

toriness 9:53 am 10 Apr 10

hopeful said :

I’m not sure why these people think their problems are so special. Thousands of Canberrans have to drop kids at school, get to work by nine, buy the groceries on the way home and pay for parking!. It’s all about choice. You can still drive your car – you just have to pay for parking like the rest of us.

amen to this! not to mention those in barton and parkes work in the higher paid departments as well – they can well afford to pay for parking as much as anyone else in canberra.

Wraith 9:06 pm 09 Apr 10

goose said :

Ride a motorbike 🙂

I agree, love my bike, even in Winter.

Side effect, the public service 500 in the morning and evening would be a whole lot more entertaining if more bikes were involved…..

random 1:13 pm 09 Apr 10

phil m: There are apparently several different methods for calculating the tax payable.

And the ATO doesn’t really care about whether you have a dedicated parking space or not, it cares that Department X has 200 spaces on Department X land. From there, all roads lead to “user pays”.

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