An evolving city calls for a rethink on car parking
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
That is one of the key messages in a discussion
paper the City of Greater Geelong has developed to explore the present and
future parking needs in central Geelong.
The City recently completed an extensive study
of current availability and car parking demands which shows that almost nine
out of ten commuters to central Geelong travel by car.
The City is now calling on the community –
residents, commuters, traders, shoppers, business owners and visitors – to have
input into transport and parking options to support our
rapidly growing population and a potential future of driverless vehicles and
more active transport.
An intensive 100-day community engagement from
20 December 2018 until 29 March will gather feedback to be used in developing a
car parking strategy for central Geelong. This engagement period has been
chosen to capture holiday visitors to our region, many of whom come to Geelong
to shop, and extending well into the new year to ensure our resident community
Quotes attributable to Geelong Mayor
in central Geelong are substantial, with so many small and large businesses,
retail and hospitality outlets, hospitals, educational facilities and
recreational areas. At the moment, almost 90 per cent of people who commute to
central Geelong each day do so by car.
need to find solutions, and this discussion paper is all about helping us do
that. We hope this process encourages the community to think about how they’d
like central Geelong to look and function in the future, and how parking and
transport should fit in with that vision. We want to hear as many ideas and
thoughts as possible – they’ll all be considered as we settle on a parking
Our aim is to
make sure central Geelong is a place that everyone can access for work,
shopping, and general enjoyment. The feedback we receive during the next 100
days will give us a good indication as to how the community believes that
attributed to Cr Eddy Kontelj, Chair, Transportation and Connections portfolio:
This is the
community’s opportunity to get engaged and to shape what Geelong might look
like in the future, particularly the CBD. It includes but is not limited to
consultation period will run for 100 days, which will give our community enough
time to read and respond to the discussion paper either during the festive
season or afterwards.
into this with an open mind, and I’ll be guided by the community on this issue.
No decisions have been made, and I strongly encourage everyone to put forward
their thoughts and ideas.