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Parking inspectors set to pounce on arboretum visitors

Fancy a visit to the arboretum? It's time to pay up.

Fancy a visit to the arboretum? It's time to pay up. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Parking inspectors will be roaming the main car park at the National Arboretum Canberra this week but won't start issuing fines until next week.

Arboretum general manager Jason Brown said no fines had yet been issued for car parking infringements since the facility officially opened in February.

"We wanted to make sure our visitors got used to the concept of paid parking," he said.

"We've got parking officers out there but I'll be asking them to essentially monitor this week only and provide me with a report and I think the first ticket as such, if we indeed need to, will be written next week. This week will be just a bit more data for us."

The cost of paid parking at the arboretum is $2 per hour with a maximum of $7 per day.

Mr Brown said about $100,000 from parking fees had so far been raised across the 250 paid car spaces at the facility. All money raised from the parking fees then goes back into projects at the arboretum. However, parking fine revenue will not go to the arboretum but into government coffers.

There was a separate overflow car park at the arboretum which was not subject to the fees or meters and was only opened - by the removal of barricades - when the main car park was full.

"You wouldn't get fined if we had it opened up but if we didn't have it opened up and you were parked there, you'd probably get a friendly reminder that it's not a parking area," he said.

"We don't like to open it up because the grass gets damaged down there and it takes a long time to repair. It is simply just an overflow car park."

Mr Brown said the main car park would be sealed in work scheduled to happen early next year.

There were no plans as yet to develop more car parks.

"The idea of paid parking is keep people flowing through the arboretum to the different sites," he said.

"We actually get data out of those parking meters which tell us how long people have parking for, so we know that people are circulating through the site.

"In the future, the overflow car park could be formalised into a permanent car park but that's not something that is going to happen in the short-term."

In another development, Mr Brown said a coffee cart for the pod playground was due to be in place within weeks.

He was also meeting with Roads ACT next week to review how people were using the roads at the arboretum.

For more information visit www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au or call Canberra Connect on 13 22 81.

14 comments

  • Maybe they can use the revenue to put in some proper paths?

    The current situation, where walkers and drivers share steep roads that have sharp shoulders, is highly dangerous, and scarcely credible in a touted $70M facility.

    Commenter
    Stephen
    Date and time
    July 25, 2013, 10:56AM
    • It amuses me that the ACT Government (aka Canberra City Council) have to depend so heavily on parking revenue to fund things like the skywhale at the expense of good roads and proper urban services. This will do a lot to put off interstate visitors from going to the Arboretum and spending their money at the expensive cafe and shop. We went once. Can't see any point in returning any time soon.

      Commenter
      Badger
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      July 25, 2013, 11:14AM
      • Poor public relations.

        Commenter
        Outraged of Palmerston
        Date and time
        July 25, 2013, 12:41PM
        • I really doubt a few dollars in parking will stop interstate visitors. They've already paid an airfare or driven for hours to get to Cbr.
          The arboretum shouldn't have to subsidise people who drive there - it's only fair they pay to maintain the carparks (and if there's leftover for other projects, great!)
          If you don't want to pay, get the bus - it's surprisingly easy, and regular enough for the sort of visit normally made to a place like the arboretum (ie frequency isn't great, but easily planned around). The stop is right outside the entrance.

          Commenter
          Aenveigh
          Date and time
          July 25, 2013, 12:47PM
          • Gee I hate this term of every time someone doesnt pay they are being subsidiised.

            Really gives me the irits.

            Commenter
            sf
            Location
            Cbr
            Date and time
            July 26, 2013, 12:01AM
          • I disagree - its as stated in the artilce its not like there is a choice. They are closing the overflow parking so you have to pay for parking. Also lets be honest, everything I have been there ist is full of old people, so the plan is to take from pensioners? The whole place should be free.

            Commenter
            Tom
            Date and time
            July 26, 2013, 8:13AM
        • Take, take, take, Arboretum parking fee and fines, er tax, er levy, er who cares just pay up.

          Commenter
          SHUT UP, I'M INTERUPTING.
          Date and time
          July 25, 2013, 1:01PM
          • The arboretum is great, I went there twice. First and last, all in one go.

            Commenter
            Frednurk
            Date and time
            July 25, 2013, 2:32PM
            • Aenveigh, there is currently no bus service to the National Arboretum. On the website it states that it's planned to start operating in 2014.

              Commenter
              bus user
              Date and time
              July 25, 2013, 10:38PM
              • I contacted Action a month or so ago to suggest adding it to the Zoo route. It may be a while before it happens though.

                Commenter
                bus traveller
                Date and time
                July 26, 2013, 4:44AM

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