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Free parking during renewal construction

News Article Date: 
Friday, 6 May 2016

Free off-street parking is now part of the city centre renewal business support package.

At its recent meeting Council adopted the City Centre Renewal - Free Parking Strategy which included the following key points:

  • Provision of 144 free car parks in Parkers Car Park from November 1, 2016, to the 31 December 31, 2017.
  • Provision of 249 free car parks in Ozone Square Car Park from November 1, 2017 to the December 31, 2018.
  • Provision of 10 free 15-minute car parks in Coles Younger Car Park.
  • Provision of 220 free car parks at the Railway Precinct Car Park on Merri Street between Fairy Street and Gilles Street in the 2016-2017 financial year. With the construction of this car park there will more free parking than paid parking in the city centre with 2,138 of the 4012 car parks free on an ongoing basis.

“Council recognises that the construction phase of the city centre renewal will cause disruption and the development of a business support package will encourage business activity, stimulate trade and attract shoppers during the construction,” Manager City Renewal Tanya Egan said.

“The support package, together with Council’s construction principles of maintaining pedestrian and vehicle access and maximising on-street parking in the construction area, will help Liebig Street remain a busy place and open for business during construction.”

The free parking strategy represents an investment by Warrnambool ratepayers of $490,000 over three years.

Other components of a proposed support package under consideration are:

  • waivers of a range of existing fees and charges for businesses located within the construction area;
  • a building façade improvement and all-abilities access grant scheme; and,
  • events and promotions, communications and business skills programs.

Council has already invested $50,000 in 2015-2016 to support Liebig Street traders through the I Love Liebig campaign. Free parking was also provided over the 2015-2016 holiday season within most city centre off-street carparks at a cost to ratepayers of $88,000.

 

 

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