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Libs call for 'proper' parking plan at Manuka Oval

These vehicles were fined outside Telopea Park School.

These vehicles were fined outside Telopea Park School. Photo: Graham Tidy

The Canberra Liberals want a comprehensive car parking plan to go with the new floodlights at Manuka Oval.

More than $17,000 in parking fines were handed out in the Manuka area during Australia’s sell-out day-night game this month against the West Indies as thousands of fans brought their cars to the game and hundreds parked them illegally.

Opposition sport spokesman Steve Doszpot told the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday that the fines were the result of a lack of a comprehensive parking plan for the stadium precinct on big games day.

But the government hit back, pointing out that a parking plan was available to fans before the game and that free bus travel to Manuka was provided.

 Mr Dozspot said the parking performance on the day had been “almost Fawlty Towers-like”.

“The government was aware well in advance of the crowds that were expected to attend the recent international cricket matches at Manuka Oval, but yet no simple parking plans were put in place,” the Liberal frontbencher said.

“In fact the government’s only plan was to bring in additional parking inspectors to book cars that were parked contrary to current regulations.

“For an oval where several million dollars have just been spent for lights and to provide  seating, it seems almost Fawlty Towers-like to not have worked out a better parking plan than free buses and extra parking inspectors,”

Mr Doszpot was dismissive of the free bus trips provided for the cricket fans.

“It was a commendable initiative but surely there was not any belief in government that it would alleviate the parking problems,” he said.

Attorney General Simon Corbell said a parking plan had been widely available before the game.

“A traffic-and-parking management strategy was developed and implemented,” he said.

“This was to ensure that people knew where to park safely.

“There over 7,500 legal parking spaces within a kilometre of Manuka Oval.”

Mr Corbell said it was the equivalent of the Melbourne Cricket Ground offering 80,000 car spaces within walking distance of the venue.

“The government put in place an extensive program to provide clear information to patron attending the event and to give them good transport choices,” the minister said.

“The information on parking and travel choices was publicised through the Manuka Oval website, through the ACTION Buses website, Canberra Connect and there were items in the local media.”

Mr Corbell said there were also free shuttles operating between Woden and Civic interchanges, park-and-ride space available at other centres and waivers were offered on time limited parking spaces in the stadium precinct on the day of the one day international.

“This is an issue as much around behaviour change as it is around concerns around parking,” he told the chamber.

“For any large-scale event, there comes a time when you cannot provide car parking within 20 metres of the front gate, it can’t be done of an inner-city stadium like Manuka and it’s not done for any other inner-city stadium around the country or around the world.”


  • Why not just book people who are a hindrance or within disabled zones. The cost of a plan and the related infrastructure would be over and above the revenue derived from fines.

    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 12:00PM
    • that's true Cap but if they build a carpark there then maybe people who work in the zone could put it to use.

      People who illegally park in disabled spots should be towed away,no questions asked. No sticker, instant wheel clamps. So many times I have had to park illegally or some distance away when driving my disabled mother around, especially at Belconnen Mall down in the supermarked carpark - cars park there with no indication that they are disabled, all I can hope for is that one day they will be in the same predicament - trying to get a wheelchair out and a disabled person into it and then dodging the traffic to get the shops.

      While we're on the subject of carparking - what about Civic - does anybody even care. It's daylight robbery.

      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 1:00PM
    • Seems to me that there is an opportunity for Telopea School to raise funds by allowing parking on their greenspace for any event at Manuka Oval. Griffith Uni in Brisbane did this sucessfully for a number of years when the NRL played across the road.

      Date and time
      February 14, 2013, 3:15PM
  • Don't worry about Manuka, the bloody CHARNWOOD shops are more importatnt.

    Date and time
    February 13, 2013, 12:48PM
    • People parked illegally and got booked, big whoop. Hopefully the $17,000 will got towards something useful, like a new Action bus.

      This sort of populist politics being played by the libs is simply ridiculous.

      Seems fair
      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 1:10PM
      • A new action bus... that will cost the taxpayer $20k per year... not really logical?? I guess the labor mantra TAX TAX, FINE FINE is well in place here

        Date and time
        February 14, 2013, 11:58AM
    • People got booked for parking in places which are not allowed. As I understand there were warnings provided that folk shouldn't park illegally and now ... strangely ... folk are up in arms because what was flagged actually happened! Dear God!

      Building car parks is not the solution. Use public transport!

      Date and time
      February 13, 2013, 2:51PM
      • The lights were put in, in part, to attract bigger sporting events to the capital. But the parking needs to be fixed if the crowds will keep coming. I freely admit that I am fairly addicted to the convenience of my car, but the inconvenience of it all means that I am reluctant to go to sports other than the ones I am most passionate about

        Date and time
        February 13, 2013, 2:54PM
        • For the information of many on here, there is not a major venue in the entire country that provides the amount of parking spaces to accommodate a crowd. The MCG has just over 5000 spaces, the SCG does game day parking that provides 4000 spaces etc, etc, etc. The majority of people get to these events via public transport, which the government in this case provided for free. You don't get that at the MCG or SCG! People had other options but chose to park illegally and were fined! Too much of an entitlement mentality in Canberra!!!

          Date and time
          February 13, 2013, 10:42PM
      • for heavens sake get over it, park illegally and get fined...try walking or get the bus the problem is folks in canberra are too precious try living in melbourne and getting MCG, we enjoyed train travel and walking to the ground from the city (20min/30min)..
        I suggest bus from interchanges to oval to n from...that is the problem as I see it where do they park the buses while they wait for game to finish
        I bus and walk to festivities all over Canberra it is so simple and cheap compared to other complaint is more the cost of coffee/food at Manuka shops before/after game

        Date and time
        February 13, 2013, 3:25PM

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