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
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
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
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