Page 6089 - Week 14 - Thursday, 8 December 2011

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The ACT Government provides a range of concessions on the cost of registering a motor vehicle including a 100% concession to eligible pensioners and veterans. The owners of gas or electric powered vehicles receive a 20% concession, while seniors receive 10%.

(Question No 1932)

Ms Bresnan asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 17 November 2011:

(1) What is the number of on street and off street public car parking places in Canberra and where are they located.

(2) What are the vacancy and occupancy rates of these car parking places.

(3) Can the Minister provide the costs to Government of providing public car parking spaces in Canberra and the breakdown of these costs.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) There are on-street parking spaces on almost every street in Canberra and it is not possible to provide an accurate number for these spaces. In total, there would be many hundreds of thousands of spaces available across the road network.

In relation to off-street car parking spaces, these include spaces in the City centre, in the town centres, in industrial areas, in group centres and local centres and at recreational facilities and at other facilities across the Territory. While it is not possible at such short notice to detail all the numbers, the following data provides parking spaces of group centres, local centres, town centres and the City.

Group and local centres:

From surveys undertaken for a number of purposes in recent years, there are approximately 10,500 spaces provided by the Territory in group centres and local centres. This figure does not include any privately provided, but publicly available, parking spaces, such as those in the Manuka Plaza basement car parks.


There are approximately 13,300 publicly available car parking spaces in the City (including the Braddon and Torrens commercial areas). Of these, around 4,200 are publicly owned surface car parking spaces, with the balance of around 1,600 surface car parking spaces provided by the private sector. The commercial parking stations at the Canberra Centre, the National Convention Centre, the City West Car Park and the ANU’s 121 Marcus Clarke Street car park together provide approximately 7,500 spaces.

Town Centres:

There are approximately 3,700 spaces in Belconnen (of which 700 are on Commonwealth land and another 900 are privately owned but publicly available – excluding the Westfield retail centre car parks).

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