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Council on-street parking hike pitch
Posted on Jun 19, 2013
Council on-street parking hike pitch

Council on-street parking hike pitch By Brett Williamson ABC Adelaide June 19, 2013

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Council on-street parking hike pitch

By Brett Williamson

ABC Adelaide

June 19, 2013

Adelaide City Council will tonight decide on a proposal to
lift the charge of CBD on-street parking by between 15 and 25 per cent in designated

The council's acting CEO Neil Brown told 891 Breakfast the
proposal was put forward in an attempt to improve the city's traffic flow.

He said the proposed charges were for on-street parking bays
in and around the city.

"It's designed around getting people in short term
parking and getting people out."

Off-street, long term parking would also rise by
approximately four percent.

The council had divided the central business district into
three separate zones, with Zone One "from Light Square through to East
Terrace and from North Terrace down to Franklin Street" attracting the
largest changes.

Mr Brown said Zone One would consist of regular one hour
parking zones at $3.50/hour, an increase of 16.7 per cent, with the peak time
rate lifted to $4.00/hour, an increase of 25 per cent.

He said through the rises it was the council's intention to
move long-term parkers into the off-street facilities.

Zone Two would lift by 15.4 percent to $3.00 off-peak and up
to $3.50 during busy times, with the outer Zone Three up by 25 per cent to
$2.50 off-peak and $3.00 per hour during peak times.

Weekend rates would rise by 25 per cent to a flat rate of
$2.00 per hour.

New fees could discourage shoppers

Outgoing South Australia executive director of the Property
Council of Australia, Nathan Paine, said the price moves would push shoppers
into the outer suburbs.

"With regards to the State Government's car parking
tax, we ran a poll of over 1,000 people and what they clearly said is that car
parking costs in the Adelaide CBD are already too high.

"If it does rise it will drive them to suburban shopping
centres instead of shopping in the CBD."

Update: Fees to rise by 15 per cent

Tha Adelaide City Council committee voted to increase
parking fees to 15 per cent in the two primary zones, with a four per cent
increase for the reamining areas.

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