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