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Council makes changes to inner city off-peak parking

16 November, 2012

Council makes changes to inner city off-peak parking

Brisbane City Council will provide more opportunity for people to find a car park on weekends and evenings by extending metered hours for on-street parking in the CBD, Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane at less than half the normal hourly rate.

Deputy Mayor Adrian Schrinner said under Council’s plan to start from mid-January, people would pay between $1 and $2 per hour during the non-peak parking period depending on which zone they park in.

“Encouraging turn-over will mean more people will have access to on-street parking spaces in key commercial and retail areas,” he said.

“This means people wanting to park for a couple of hours to do some shopping have an increased chance of finding an on-street park and will pay only a few dollars, rather than $15 to $20 in an off-street parking station.

“Extending the metered hours to evenings and weekends will create a greater turn-over of vehicles for each metered spot, providing a better chance of finding on-street parking spaces.”

Queen Street Mall Advisory Committee Chairman and well known businessman Phil di Bella said many on-street parking spaces were taken-up all day on weekends with little or no turn-over, forcing motorists to shop elsewhere or park in more expensive off-street parking garages.

“In the past, many sections of our CBD were like a ghost town at night and on the weekends, but this has now changed as our city has become more vibrant and sophisticated,” he said.

“Increasing parking turnover has the potential to boost the local economy as more customers are given greater opportunity to park in busy business retail and commercial areas.”

Council is extending metered parking at 161 parking meters covering 1,255 parking bays in the CBD, Fortitude Valley and South Brisbane areas which are Brisbane’s key retail, cultural and entertainment precincts.

The metered hours for on street parking in the three areas would be extended from 7am-7pm to 7am-10pm Monday to Friday, while weekends would be metered from 7am-7pm. Council is making things simpler by changing the parking time allowed in each CBD space to either one hour or three. Parking at Roma Street parklands will be metered for four hours on weekends.

The extended meter hours for on-street parking will provide a cheaper alternative to the major off-street parking lots, who charge flat rates starting from $12, with an average of $15 to $20 per entry at off-peak times.

Cr Schrinner said Council planned to have finished implementing the program before Easter 2013, starting with the CBD from mid-January, followed by the Valley and then South Brisbane.

Parking meter revenue is expected to increase by $860,000 each year and additional revenue will be allocated equally to each ward across the city for footpath and park upgrades via the Ward Footpath and Parks Trust Fund that each Council Ward receives. [Ends] November 16, 2012

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