Maribyrnong council is seriously looking at introducing paid car-parking for parts of the municipality that have thus far gone without having it imposed.
There’s obviously a lot of huffing and puffing and “public consultation” to go on before this becomes a done deal.
But the tenor of the council’s community and services special committee report on Pay Parking In Maribyrnong – which you can read here – leaves little doubt that this will eventually happen.
The pay parking areas being proposed are:
1. Anderson Street Between Buninyong Street and Willis Street.
2. Ballarat Street between Simpson Street and Canterbury Street.
3. Canterbury Street between Railway station and Willis Street.
4. Canterbury Street car park.
5. Simpson Street off-street car park.
1. Charles Street between Gamon Street and Bourke Street.
2. Gamon Street between Charles Street and Station Road.
3. Victoria Street between Charles Street and Buckley Street.
1. McNabb Avenue.
2. Nicholson Street between Buckley Street and Irving Street.
3. Albert Street between Buckley Street and Hopkins Street.
4. Albert Street car park.
Joseph Road Precinct:
1. Maribyrnong Street between Hopkins Street and Joseph Road.
2. Joseph Road.
3. Neilson Place.
4. Moreland Street between Hopkins Street and Neilson Place.
5. Warde Street.
6. Wightman Street and Selina Street.
7. Whitehall Street between Hopkins Street and Neilson Place.
I have an open mind about this.
The report is honest in stating that whatever other issues are at stake, revenue-raising is a significant part of these proposals: “The generation of non-rates revenue such as paid parking, is an important element towards achieving a long-term financially sustainable City.”
I can’t help feel a certain sadness that the sleepy village feel of Seddon and Yarraville is to give way to a more regimented form of commerce.
Pay parking for the Jospeh Road area is seen as a forward strike with the push for full-on development there growing: “Whilst Joseph Road precinct is not currently a saturated location, imminent multi-level development up to 32 storeys will create a substantial increase in parking demand.”
“Information and feedback sessions” to discuss these proposals will be held as follows:
Tuesday, September 2, 4.30-6.30pm,
Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville.
Footscray and Seddon:
Wednesday, September 3, 4.30-6.30pm,
Footscray Town Hall, corner Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray.