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Traralgon Parking Meters to go

Council voted to remove parking meters from Traralgon’s Central Business District.

By Latrobe City Council - 6th February 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Council voted at Monday night’s Council meeting to remove parking meters from Traralgon’s Central Business District.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning, said the decision followed a six-month trial, plus extensive consultation with retailers and shoppers.

“Council’s decision reflects the wishes of the citizens who shop in Traralgon as well as the majority of retailers with businesses in the CBD,” Cr Hanning explained.

“Council decommissioned the parking meters for a six months trial, removing the need for payment, but continuing to enforce the same time limits which applied in the parking bays.

“Towards the end of the trial, we conducted extensive consultation with shoppers and with Traralgon retailers,” Cr Hanning said.

“Shoppers were invited to respond to a brief questionnaire published in the Latrobe Valley Express and available at Council offices. Respondents were more than three-to-one in favour of the parking meters being permanently removed.

“Individual retailers were also polled by the Gippsland Regional Information Service (GRIS) at the Gippsland campus of Monash University. Every individual retailer in the CBD was asked to respond, and while 42.8% indicated parking meters should be retained, 50% wanted them removed,” Cr Hanning said.

“In essence, both shoppers and retailers have given us a clear indication of how they feel on the future of parking meters, and Council has acted accordingly,” Cr Hanning said.

Councillor Hanning said the removal of the parking meters would allow Council to consider enhancements to parking provisions in the CBD.

“Extra wide bays that accommodate mothers with prams and pushchairs can be considered for example,” Cr Hanning said.

“Trading trends have also changed, such as banking done with autoteller machines; and bays with very short time limits to accommodate changing needs can be considered in the overall framework of providing better parking for shoppers, and enhancing business for our retailers.

“In the meantime, citizens parking in Traralgon’s CBD are reminded that time limits apply to all previously metered parking bays. These posted time limits must be adhered to, and will be strictly enforced by Council’s local laws officers,” Cr Hanning concluded.

Media Enquiries:

Cr. Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 373 577

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 374 590

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer,
tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
tel. 5173 1468.


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