Council approves free car-parking trial for Geelong CBD

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Council has voted to adopt a 12-month car parking trial for Geelong’s CBD, that would see drivers receive the first 30 minutes free in all 2-hour on-street parking zones.

Transportation and Connections portfolio Chair Councillor Eddy Kontelj was successful in raising the item as urgent business, during the Community Focus council meeting at the Vines Road Community Centre in Hamlyn Heights.

The trial will run over two financial years from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2020.

As part of our Clever and Creative vision for Greater Geelong, the City will investigate and implement new smart parking technologies, such as ‘pay by phone app’, ‘pay by plate’ methodology and number plate recognition parking technology, while in-ground sensors will also be considered.

It’s hoped the investment in this technology will provide insights into motorists’ behaviour and identify challenges and opportunities, that will help guide future parking decisions and initiatives.

A loss of up to $1,117,000 in on-street parking revenue has been forecast and Council will make a provision for this in the 2019-2020 budget. The City has been asked to consider a provision of up to $798,000 in lost on-street parking revenue in the 2020-2021 budget, but if this isn’t made, the 30-minute free parking trial will finish early on 30 June 2020.

The 15-minute grace period that lets drivers get back to their car before parking limits are enforced will continue.

Council will also continue its support of the current Returned Service Personnel Parking Permit, which allows those who have served Australia in active military service to park for free in central Geelong.

The City is committed to investigating transport and car-parking solutions.

Councillor Bruce Harwood - Mayor

The council voted to implement the trial, which will see motorists receive the first 30 minutes of parking for free in two-hour parking bays only.

In addition to the half-hour free trial we’ll be introducing smart parking technology, which will give consumers better information about parking options via the use of smart phone apps.

Councillor Eddy Kontelj - Chair, Transportation and Connections portfolio

I believe this free car-parking trial supports traders, shoppers, tourists and hospital visitors.

I anticipate this trial will stimulate and revitalise the Geelong CBD, encourage people to stay longer in the city and allow council to learn from smart technology data.

The community needs us to lead, not to be led, on issues like these.

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