Paid parking introduction to support growing demand for parking

Published on 14 June 2024

Rows of cars parked in a parking lot

Parking in the Footscray activity centre is experiencing growing demand and high levels of occupancy, with data showing parking bays are often fully occupied over the whole day, making it difficult for visitors to find places they can safely park.

In an effort to improve parking turnover and reduce congestion, Council will be introducing paid parking to the Raleigh Street car park next month.

“By encouraging more frequent turnover of spaces we expect to see a boost in visits to libraries, businesses and restaurants in the area, with more parking spaces available for more customers,” Mayor, Cr Cuc Lam said.

Paid parking will come into effect from 1 July with a two week grace period to support the changeover when reminders, but no fines, will be issued.

The cost of a ticket is $2.30 per hour, or $9.60 all day, from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. A portion of parking bays will be available for free parking for a maximum of four hours, Monday to Friday.

“We’ve kept the cost of tickets as low as possible with revenue being used to support the delivery of key services and infrastructure our community is asking us to deliver – including improved roads and footpaths,” Mayor Lam continued.

Council is also increasing the time limits in the Albert Street car park from two hours to four hours between the hours of 8am-6pm Monday to Saturday. Parking remains free at this car park.

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