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Push to end PS parking crisis

Some creative car parking in the  Parliamentary triangle.

Some creative car parking in the Parliamentary triangle. Photo: Marina Neil

The public service union wants a solution to the car parking crisis in Canberra's Parliamentary Triangle.

The CPSU says that car parks in the precinct are being closed without any consultation with the thousands of public servants who work there.

The union's deputy national president, Alistair Waters, says that Commonwealth workers are slowly being squeezed by successive closures.

He will present a petition on Wednesday to the federal member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, signed by more than 2000 public servants based in the triangle calling for more transparency when car park closures are being planned.

''We started doing this petition when the National Capital Authority started making changes to parking without consultation,'' Mr Waters said.

''There's an inter-governmental committee which the National Capital Authority chairs with ACT government, but every time we talk to the ACT government about it, they're very keen to point out that it's the NCA that runs the Parliamentary Triangle. We think some decisions need to involve some actions from the ACT as well.''

He said the lack of parking in the national precinct was exacerbated by its lack of retail infrastructure, leaving public servants reliant on their cars for every routine trip.

''No one is asking for a big supermarket, but we don't even have things like a Post Office or a dry cleaner and parking is just getting worse and worse,'' he said.

''We really want to know what the NCA is up to and what they're thinking about.

''We think that any solution needs to involve looking at the parking and public transport for the area and looking at the facilities that are available in the area, so there's less requirement for people to have to make trips at lunchtime or during the day.''

The union says it gathered the signatures in an ''old-school'' way with campaigners approaching local workers as they parked their car in the morning.

''With the limited public transport options available, is it any wonder so many people rely on a car?

''However, the Authority is making finding a car park even harder with recent decisions to close car parks, such as the one on the Patrick White lawns [at the National Library] made without consultation.

''The petition calls on the Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government to direct the Authority to consult with stakeholders on the implementation plan for parking and public transport in the Parliamentary Zone, developed by the Intergovernmental Committee on Parking, which the Authority chairs.''

52 comments

  • Wait, didn't I read an article in another paper that claimed we all get a parking allowance in Canberra?

    Commenter
    Tom
    Date and time
    January 30, 2013, 8:24AM
    • Try ride sharing to work to reduce parking costs and congestion. Sites like coseats.com connect commuters heading the same way.

      Commenter
      Scott
      Date and time
      January 30, 2013, 8:40AM
    • @Scott - We're TRYING. I have accounts with all of those websites and there are no available matches for me. For various reasons, I can't rely on public transport and I don't think bikes are safe. I feel like I'm being punished for working in the parliamentary triangle and many of us feel that the NCA is deliberatly making us suffer in order to soften us up for paid parking. But that wouldn't be fair either because I can't even duck out to pick up some panadol in the Triangle, no chemist! I'd have a 20 minute walk into civic without a car. And even with a car, I'd have a 20 minute hunt for a carpark!

      Commenter
      Beth
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      January 30, 2013, 1:28PM
  • It would be great to hear from the local politicians about what they are doing to fix these problems. It's great the issue remains in the news cause it is a real problem. Maybe also it would be great to hear from businesses who want to fix these problems - like those who want to build the car parks and provide the much needed services to the Parliamentary Triangle.

    Commenter
    Tuggeranong Resident
    Date and time
    January 30, 2013, 9:18AM
    • We need some kind of park and ride thing where you can park free at various locations and ACTION busses shuttle people in to the triangle and back out in the afternoon.

      Commenter
      Nigel
      Date and time
      January 30, 2013, 9:19AM
      • Get a bike - petition for showers and change rooms rather than car parks. Increase parking fees to $20 a day, put on extra buses, put in place secure bicycle parking; do anything other than cater for more and more cars. They are just so last century, and are steadily destroying the city, our health and our future.

        Commenter
        CobbCres
        Date and time
        January 30, 2013, 9:21AM
        • Some people have families you know. Its not feasible for the parents to drop kids off then cycle to work. Cars are also getting greener and greener every year. Canberra is designed for the car, always will be.

          Commenter
          jg
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          January 30, 2013, 10:00AM
        • @CobbCres "They are just so last century.." really?

          Commenter
          Tom
          Date and time
          January 30, 2013, 10:02AM
        • +1. Go you good thing!

          Commenter
          Still Awake
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          January 30, 2013, 10:21AM
        • The small but vocal bike lobby strikes again. The issue relates to commuters from outside the Inner Circle suburbs of Canberra - becuase I bet Pedal Power is not coming in from Lanyon or Bonner.

          Push bikes in their current form were created in the 19th century btw.

          Commenter
          Outraged of Palmerston
          Date and time
          January 30, 2013, 10:21AM

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