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Up up up go the parking costs

By johnboy - 18 June 2012 29

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As the member for motorists Alistair Coe is going in to bat for the besieged Canberra drivers.

From next month, Canberrans will be slugged another $625 in parking every year. ACT Shadow Transport Services Minister Alistair Coe said fees should not rise yet again to make up for ACT Labor’s mismanagement of the Budget.

“The 12 per cent parking cost increase revealed in Estimates today will be felt greatly by Canberrans who are already experiencing huge cost of living pressures under ACT Labor,” Mr Coe said.

“Canberrans are already struggling with rates that have doubled in many suburbs and will increase by a further 10 per cent this year. In addition to skyrocketing rates, water costs have tripled and electricity is up 85 per cent with another 17 per cent increase as of next month. “Given catching a bus is impractical for many Canberrans, this increase effectively punishes people who have no choice but to drive.

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Sandman 9:26 pm 21 Jun 12

Nifty said :

BicycleCanberra said :

The way things are going, you will soon need a wheelbarrow to carry all the change you’ll need to park in Canberra….

Why? Aren’t you driving a car with 4 empty seats and a large boot space? Should be plenty of room for coins.

The Sandman family isn’t worried. Mrs Sandman parks out the front of her office every day with not a coin spent. Her new motorbike paid for itself in the first year. Minus 6.3 didn’t even stop her at 7am the other morning.

HenryBG 10:42 am 19 Jun 12

Thumper said :

Just put in more speed cameras.

Tah Dah! More revenue.

How about fining the idiots driving around with their foglights on? That’d help balance the books.

HenryBG 10:37 am 19 Jun 12

Chop71 said :

Spectra said :

Yet another press release with a bunch of context-less “statistics” picked to support an argument without giving you enough information to make your own mind up:

From next month, Canberrans will be slugged another $625 in parking every year.

Jesus. Considering I pay maybe $20 a year in parking that’s going to be a massive increase for me…
Is that based on the average per person? Average per registered vehicle? Average for a person who works in civic and parks there every day? Some number you just made up?

And this:

“Canberrans are already struggling with rates that have doubled in many suburbs

What a completely useless, misleading “fact”. Doubled since when exactly? If it’s since 1923, well you know what? I’m fine with that. If it’s since last year? Less good. Sitting out there on it’s own with no attached timeframe? Useless for coming to any conclusions. (Same goes for the “85% increase” in power prices).

Do people actually fall for this stuff? (Don’t answer that – if the answer is what I think it is, I’m happier not knowing).

Anyone can make statistics up, but should we sit in the corner and take more medicine?

As Egyptian musician Omar Kamel said about the choices in this week’s elections:
“Given a choice between eating s*** or eating s***, most Egyptians have decided they’re not hungry,”

pink little birdie 10:37 am 19 Jun 12

Thumper said :

Just put in more speed cameras.

Tah Dah! More revenue.

In one of the ACT budget issues of one of the canberra free magazines it said that the ACT is making around $2 million less than expected from the speed cameras.

EvanJames 9:55 am 19 Jun 12

Thumper said :

Just put in more speed cameras.

Tah Dah! More revenue.

And if they put in tailgating cameras, they’d never have money problems ever again.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:48 am 19 Jun 12

patrick_keogh said :

Thumper said :

Just put in more speed cameras.

Tah Dah! More revenue.

Putting in more speed cameras also has the advantage that it is voluntary taxation. Some of us elect to not pay this extra tax.

Exactly. How hopeless do you have to be to be pinged by a marked, fixed speed camera?

I still maintain cameras would be good for places where speed needs to be more strictly controlled, such as in school zones.

patrick_keogh 9:05 am 19 Jun 12

Thumper said :

Just put in more speed cameras.

Tah Dah! More revenue.

Putting in more speed cameras also has the advantage that it is voluntary taxation. Some of us elect to not pay this extra tax.

Thumper 8:23 am 19 Jun 12

Just put in more speed cameras.

Tah Dah! More revenue.

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