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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2010) . . Page.. 2088 ..


On the south side of the street:

Contiguous No Parking 7.30am to 6pm Monday - Friday and No Parking 9am to 11am Monday - Friday zones between Fawkner Street and the childcare centre;

Five minute parking Monday - Friday adjacent to the childcare centre;

Four hour parking 7.30am to 6pm Monday - Friday adjacent to the bowling club; and

No Parking 9am to 11am Monday - Friday from the bowling club to Limestone Avenue.

These arrangements reflect the varying needs of the residents of both streets, the bowling club, tennis club, childcare centre, school and church whilst trying to restrict City and Braddon workers parking in both streets.

The demand for all day parking is evident by the number of vehicles using pay parking at the tennis club and the Ainslie Arts Centre, parking on verges and flouting of parking time restrictions.

Roads ACT surveyed parking on both streets at school finishing time and observed that approximately 75% of available spaces on Farrer Street, and 100% on Elder Street, was occupied. Up to 26 cars parked on the northern verge of Elder Street, between the tennis club and Limestone Avenue with the majority observed to be parents. Parents attempted to park in the “No Stopping” zone at the school crossing.

The bowling club holds ladies tournaments at 10 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and men’s tournaments at 12 noon on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The President of the bowling club advised that Wednesday is their only problem day for parking. A game of bowls takes around three and a half to four hours to complete. According to the club, members rely upon the four hour zones for parking although, unrestricted parking is provided within 200 metres of the club after 1am Monday-Friday. Many members have disabilities and struggle to carry their bowls too far.

In the past ten years there have been two recorded vehicle crashes on Farrer Street and one on Elder Street. Our of those, one crash involved a vehicle sideswiping two parked vehicles on Farrer Street at midnight.

Drive through inspections at other times during the week revealed the majority of the four hour zone on Elder Street was already full by 8.30am whilst only a couple of vehicles were parked in the four hour zone on Farrer Street.

The bowling club has three greens and is zoned CZ6 Leisure and Accommodation. The Territory Plan’s Parking and Vehicle Access General Code requires a total 60 car parking spaces to be provided on site or within 200 metres. The club has 35 on-site spaces. The four hour zones would provide another 26 spaces.

Proposed revised parking arrangements were distributed to each property on these streets on 16 December 2009 and 5 January 2010 proposing, amongst other things, amendments to the existing three hour and four hour parking provisions.


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