Parking into the future: the Mosman story

In 2008, Mosman Council commenced the development of its first Parking Strategy. However as is the case for many a local government area, parking is a convenient political football and action was slow. Bucking this trend, in 2015, the elected placed a new emphasis on parking and developed a new Parking Strategy. Despite being raised as the biggest issue in Mosman in community surveys, during the development of the strategy there was little response to consultation and when it was received it focused very local matters. Having limited feedback and knowing the significance of the issue, Council with its consultants, took the courageous approach of recommending the installation of state of the art individual bay monitoring in order to provide both the residents and Council real time data. Unfortunately this too was used as a political football with the threats of "big brother" and satellite parking fines. However the majority of Councillors stood their ground and in 2016 the technology was installed. Since this time Council has further enhanced the system by developing an app for motorists to obtain real time information on parking occupancy. Community acceptance is at a high and the power of the data and the future has prevailed. The experience detailed in this paper show that the parking journey is often long and hard to define. However there is a way forward with smart technology being the future. Local Governments - who are major parking stakeholders - can either gain the courage and take the step to move into the future, making decisions based on real information or continue to tread water, rely on anecdotal evidence and coffee shop chatter.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 12p
  • Monograph Title: AITPM National Traffic and Transport Conference, 15-18 August 2017, Melbourne

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  • Accession Number: 01664020
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2018 12:29PM