Car parking equity part of sustainable transport solution

Catherine Carter | Tuesday, 20 April 2010 12:01 AM | Add Comment

The Property Council of Australia fully endorses and supports action taken by ACT Chief Minister, Jon Stanhope, in lobbying his Federal colleagues to introduce paid parking in the Parliamentary zone. 

The introduction of paid parking into Commonwealth-controlled areas, including at Barton/Parkes and at Russell Hill, will help to create a level playing field for all Canberrans who use their cars for transport.

As the Chief Minister says, existing arrangements are unfair to workers who are employed outside the Parliamentary zone, and inhibit sustainable transport policies.

If this initiative succeeds, it will not only make the parking situation more equitable all round – after all, commuters have to pay for all-day parking elsewhere in Canberra, including Civic and areas close to most of the town centres – it will also provide some incentive for Canberrans to look for alternative transport solutions, such as buses, riding a bike or car pooling.

Canberra is one of the most car-dependent cities in the nation, and we need a comprehensive re-think of transport options across the city, balanced with equitable private and public choice.

Parking needs to be evenly distributed through the city, and treated in an equitable manner, so it does not favour or cannibalise different parts of the city. Importantly, with rising fuel prices and the need to reduce our collective greenhouse gas emissions, we need several platforms to achieving sustainability, including reducing emissions from vehicles.

We would also encourage the ACT Government to further review and adjust car parking prices ahead of the forthcoming ACT Budget, to encourage people to use public transport.

Additional sites also need to be released for car parking and for park and ride facilities in key locations. If car park pricing is treated equitably across the Territory, this will make it viable for the private sector to provide additional car parking on a commercial basis.

Each of these steps will all contribute to the development of a genuinely integrated sustainable transport plan for Canberra, and provide real solutions and choice to enable Canberrans to work together to collectively reduce our carbon footprint.

Catherine Carter | Tuesday, 20 April 2010 12:01 AM | Add Comment

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