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Private members’ business—postponement

Ordered that notice No 3 private members’ business be postponed until a later hour.


MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.35), by leave: I move the revised motion standing in my name:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the lack of adequate car parking in the ACT;

(b) the dramatic increase in the cost of parking;

(c) the draft ACT Parking Strategy proposes a limited net increase of parking spaces; and

(d) the ACT Government’s Canberra Spatial Plan states a strategy of increasing the price of parking to deter Canberrans from driving; and

(2) calls upon the Government to:

(a) recognise that cars are the principal means of transport for most Canberrans, especially those in outer suburbs;

(b) ensure that masterplans include adequate parking;

(c) consider the construction of multi-storey parking stations in town centres by working with private providers; and

(d) update and finalise the ACT Parking Strategy.

Whether the ALP and Greens admit it or not, the lack of parking in Canberra is a very real issue for the residents of our city, and we must address the problem immediately. I think there would be very few motorists in Canberra that do not think that the lack of parking is a serious issue facing their quality of life. The fact is that Canberra is a city planned with motorists in mind, and until we have a viable public transport system the vast majority of Canberrans will be heavily reliant upon their cars.

Mr Speaker, the supply of parking has not kept pace with demand in the city in addition to our town and group centres. In 2007 the ACT government released the draft ACT parking strategy. Much work went into that document and it was released for public comment on 1 March 2007. Canberrans had just 10 weeks to comment. In fact, on 30 April 2007 Mr Hargreaves said in a release, “Due to the level of public interest in the issues surrounding parking, the government has decided to extend the period to lodge submissions to comment on the draft parking strategy until close of business Monday, 7 May 2007.”

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