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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2781..

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The review has been completed and is subject to further discussion by the ACTION Authority Board.

(2) Yes, this was an internal review.

(3) No, because the review was an internal process.

Tuggeranong-paid parking

(Question No 1494)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 4 May 2004:

(1) Since the introduction of paid parking in Tuggeranong, have there been any concerns expressed to the Government or the Department of Urban Services by businesses in Tuggeranong whose parking areas are being used by non-customers as an alternative to paying for parking for people working in the area;

(2) If so, how many concerns have been expressed and what is the Government doing about these concerns for businesses in Tuggeranong;

(3) If not, has the Government or the Department of Urban Services contacted businesses in Tuggeranong with large free parking areas for customers to ask for feedback about the impact introduction of paid parking has had on them;

(4) If not, will they be contacted in the future.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) The Road Transport Branch within the Department of Urban Services has received a total of eleven concerns (4 ministerials, 1 letter, 4 emails and 2 telephone calls to 14 May 2004). Seven of these are in relation to parking at Tuggeranong Square.

The ACT Government does not control all the parking in the Tuggeranong Town Centre. It is a matter for managers of private car parking facilities (whether open to the public, or restricted for private use) to take any necessary steps in response to the Territory's introduction of pay parking. Key stakeholders in Tuggeranong were advised of this as part of the consultation process for the implementation of pay parking.

The car park within the Tuggeranong Square complex is an ACT Government asset, and the original proposal was to implement pay parking in the car park. The owners of the complex expressed an intention to purchase the car park from the Territory and convert it into a private car park directly supporting trade at Tuggeranong Square. Therefore pay parking was not introduced to the car park. We have recently been advised, by the owners that they do not wish to proceed with the purchase of the car park.

Some additional parking control measures have been implemented, to reduce the use of the unrestricted spaces by all day commuters.

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