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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 519 ..

Answers to questions

Woden Town Centre-parking

(Question No 5)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 11 December 2001:

In relation to the Woden Town Centre:

(1) Is the Woden Trash and Treasure permanently relocated from Block 108, Section 3, to Block 7, Section 105 on Sundays.

(2) Have studies been conducted to ascertain the effect upon parking of the relocation for Woden Plaza shoppers and if so, what were the findings.

Mr Wood: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:

(1) The Lions Club of Canberra Woden Inc has operated a Sunday trash and treasure market for 20 years. The Club currently holds a permit to use the public car park at the corner of Hindmarsh Drive and Ball Street (Block 7 Section 105) between 6.00am to 1.00pm each Sunday. The Permit was signed on 12 October 2001 and ended on 31 December 2001. The relocation was necessary following agreement to realign Callam Street through the previous Markets site on Block 108, Section 3.

At this stage there appears to be no impediment to granting a 12 month extension to the Permit. At the same time the Government has begun work on the Woden Town Centre Master Plan. Long term parking needs and future siting options for the Trash and Treasure Markets will be considered and resolved as part of the Master Plan that is expected to conclude by the end of 2002.

(2) Yes, parking studies have been conducted. They were undertaken mid week when parking demand is at its highest. However, a special survey of the parking impacts of the Sunday Trash and Treasure Markets has not been carried out. Anecdotal advice from Woden Plaza management suggests the loss of 162 car park spaces for the Trash and Treasure Markets has no significant adverse effect on Woden Plaza shoppers. Otherwise vacant office car parks on the eastern and western sides of the Plaza together with the basement car park and two parking structures operated by Woden Plaza management readily satisfy Sunday shopping demand.

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