The city is introducing changes to parking in the Town Centre following feedback from local workers, business owners, residents and visitors to the city.
At a glance:
- all-day parking $12/day
- short-term parking increased to three-hour limit
- first hour free across the Town Centre
- hourly parking fees dropped to $1.80/hour
More than 1000 people viewed the draft Town Centre Precinct Parking Plan and, after analysing all submissions, the city has made changes including drastically dropping fees and increasing time restrictions to meet demand.
The results from the consultation showed that business owners, hospital visitors and shoppers preferred three hour parking options over two hours; local workers wanted more affordable options for all-day parking; and the community wanted to see some free or low-cost options to ensure parking prices didn’t negatively impact the local economy.
In response, the city will increase short-term parking restrictions from two hours to three hours, including 140 bays around the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) where patients and visitors required longer parking options. These changes are expected to come into effect in early 2019.
All-day parking fees have been slashed by $6 a day to meet the expectations of local workers. Commuters now have access to 400 affordable long-term parking options in the Town Centre. In addition, 40 bays around the KEMH have been converted into all-day parking to help meet the demand from hospital workers.
Across the Town Centre the city has dropped parking fees and is offering the first hour free on all paid parking. Fees for short-term parking will now be as low as $1.80 per hour. The new fees will be implemented from Monday 5 November.
A new parking website is also coming in early 2019 to assist drivers to find available parking. The new site will show the location of all car stations, list parking fees, give directions to vacant parking bays and display live parking occupancy levels.
The Town Centre Precinct Parking Plan is part of a city-wide review of parking that aims to balance the needs of different road users and make parking more consistent and easier to understand.