Big plans afoot on CBD parking

CAUGHT: Some 160 parking infringement notices and 16 warnings have been handed out in the month up until September 29, according to Council General Manager, Warwick Bennett.
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THE council is considering construction of a multistorey car park in Goulburn’s CBD to alleviate pressure.

It’s just one of several ideas in the pipeline to cope with an increasingly busy city centre.

If realised, the car park would be built in the Ellesmere St precinct.

Council general manager Warwick Bennett told the Post the proposal would provide more than 100 additional parking spots.

“The proposal is to build this multi-storey car park above the current parking area and it is likely to happen between now and 2018,” he said.

“It is purely just a proposal at this stage so I can’t provide any more details until they become available.”

Council’s traffic committee discussed the idea at a meeting yesterday. It is also considering implementation of angle parking on the western side of Bourke St and a review of unrestricted parking available in Cartwright Place.

Council rangers issued 166 parking infringements and handed out 31 formal warnings to motorists in and around the CBD in August.

A further 160 parking infringements and 16 warnings were issued up until September 29.

Mr Bennett told the Post that two or three of Council’s rangers have been spending three to four hours a day at various times checking on motorists who have been parking contrary to the signage.

He added that regular parking patrols would continue in the CBD in the coming months.

A survey was drawn up by Council to gauge occupancy rates of on and off-street parking.

Mr Bennett says the figures for the survey compared total available car parking spaces to occupancy rates.

“The survey showed that the one hour parking spots in the main street were the most in demand,” he said.

“This reflects the principle Council applies to time-limited parking restrictions – the closer the parking space is to the centre of the city, the tighter the parking restriction.

This ensures fairness to everyone, and keeps the parking availability flowing.”

He also revealed that during weekdays, the total on and offstreet occupancy in the CBD ranges from 65 percent on Monday and gradually builds to 85pc on Fridays.

“It drops more on Saturday and even more so on Sunday,” he said. “The survey shows there are sufficient parking spaces in Goulburn’s CBD and shows those areas of most convenience such as Auburn St are in highest demand.

But there are no occasions where parking is not available within a short walking distance of any destination in the CBD.”

Some business owners have been caught out, forgetting that by parking near their business they are denying someone else, possibly a potential customer, a spot near their business.

“The message to commuters is if you can’t get a park right in front of where you want to shop or carry out business, then keep driving along Auburn St and you will find a park, usually within about 70 to 100m from your ideal parking spot,” Mr Bennett said.

“It might just involve getting out of your car and taking a small stroll and enjoying the highlights of Goulburn’s CBD.”

Private and public car parks were also busier as the week progressed. “The total occupancy of the major private retail car parks of Marketplace, Centro and Target range from 59 per cent early in the week and build to 90 per cent on Friday,” Mr Bennett said.

“Saturday is busy at 88 per cent, but Sunday occupancy drops to 54 per cent.”

Council-owned car parks include those in Ellesmere St, off Goldsmith St, the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre, Huntly Arcade and Cartwright Place.

A range of other parking is available in the CBD, in addition to the on-street parking and major private retail car parks.

These areas included Goulburn Workers Club, Soldiers Club, Ross Place (outside the cinema), Goulburn Railway Station, Railway Bowling Club, St Saviour’s Cathedral common (overflow for funerals, etc), the former Goulburn Furniture Warehouse, Goulburn Produce, and Star Track (all in Sloane St), Goulburn Courthouse, Magnet Mart, RTA, Bourke St and numerous smaller establishments such as hotels, churches, shops and banks.

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