Free parking in two-hour zones extended

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Greater Geelong Council has resolved to maintain free parking in central Geelong on-street two-hour parking zones until the end of December.

The Council has voted to extend the provision of free parking for two-hour parking zones, as part of its new COVID-19 community and economic support package.

To provide sufficient notice to the community of a transition back to payments and strict time limits for all zones, the City is extending the existing free parking initiative until 2 August.

Motorists can continue to park for free in all on-street and off-street time zones until the regular payment system is re-introduced on Monday 3 August.

New parking fees, adopted in the 2020-21 Budget, will come into effect on the same day.

Casual on-street parking fees will increase by $0.10 to $3.10 per hour.

All-day capped street parking will rise from $5.80 to $6.40, with all-day spaces in the Haymarket car park increasing by $0.50 to $13.50.

The City is also preparing to resume its off-street permit parking system on Monday 3 August.

Existing permit holders will have the option to restart payments to access the permitted spaces; maintain their suspension; or cancel the permit if it is no longer required.

Motorists are encouraged to comply with time restrictions across all parking spaces and zones until the new measures are in place.

The free parking in 2P zone initiative aims to encourage short-term visitors to central Geelong, as the number of traders operating under eased COVID-19 restrictions rise.

About 90 per cent of shops have re-opened in central Geelong’s major shopping centres, with about 60 per cent of on-street premises also resuming trade.

A large number of professional service employees are continuing to work from home, in line with the Victorian Government’s directions.

The parking initiatives are contained in a new $5.2m community and economy support package, which responds to the impacts of COVID-19.

It takes the total value of the Council’s direct COVID-19-related economic support initiatives to more than $10.7 million.

The Council earlier resolved at a meeting in late March to provide free casual parking across all zones until the end of June, as an immediate response to the COVID-19 restrictions.

This decision saw the trial of 30-minute free parking in 2P zones on weekdays – which had begun on 1 December 2019 – placed on hold.

The trial will now resume 1 January 2021 and run until 30 June 2021.

Information about how the City is managing the evolving global pandemic can be viewed at www.geelongaustralia.com.au/covid19

Greater Geelong Acting Mayor Kylie Grzybek

The city centre has seen a lift in activity in recent weeks, but more support is needed for both small business and visitors. The free parking in two-hour zones provides further incentive for people to enjoy the variety of shopping, dining and cultural attractions in central Geelong and the Waterfront. There are an increasing number of entertainment options, with the Carousel joining the Geelong Gallery, National Wool Museum and Geelong library in reopening again.

Cr Eddy Kontelj

Council’s excited to continue free parking in two-hour zones, in a bid to attract more people into Central Geelong and support CBD businesses and the community. The pandemic has been a challenging time for the community and this incentive is another way Council is working to ease financial pressures.

 





Page last updated: Thursday, 9 July 2020

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