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Your Say: Extended paid parking

Laura Peppas and Hayley O'Neill

In this weekly street series, we pick a hot topic of the week and ask for your thoughts…

Last week as part of the ACT budget, the government announced that from September 2015, drivers will pay to park at London Circuit, the Civic Pool, near Commonwealth Avenue and at the Canberra Institute of Technology until 10.30pm on weekdays and from 9am until 10.30pm on weekends. The announcement fuelled criticism from business owners, who say it will drive down patronage and profits.

So this week we set out to ask members of the community, “What are your thoughts on the government’s plan to introduce paid parking for after hours and weekends in the city? ” 


“I really don’t think we need it, I don’t think we’re a big enough city yet and I think it could deter people from coming in to the city, which is the opposite of what we want.” Emma, Belconnen. 


“I think it’s not good for the city, because it means people who usually come in the evenings for social events may not go now, so it may affect the atmosphere. I used to drive to work, but paid parking has become so expensive that I have to catch the bus.” Mohan, Gungahlin


“I think most of the public’s not going to like it but I have the opinion that the government is doing it for a reason. I chose to live in the city and that’s partly so I don’t have to pay for parking. But there are people who have low-paying jobs who don’t live in the city who won’t be able to afford it.” Avalon, Turner.


“It’s not ideal, particularly with the introduction of paid parking in Barton already. I work in the city and drive in, so it will affect me.” Nicole, Macgregor.


“I think it will be interesting to see if it deters people from coming in to Canberra City, rather than going somewhere like Kingston where the parking is free. I catch the bus now to the city for work for that reason, because the parking has become too expensive.” Amy, Page. 

What do you think? We’d like to hear your thoughts too! If you have an opinion, leave your comment below. 

Photography by Hayley O’Neill. Interviews by Laura Edwards. Feature image courtesy of Shutterstock. 


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author


Hayley O'Neill

Hayley O’Neill is a Canberra based fashion stylist and fashion editor for HerCanberra. Hayley works as a freelance stylist at Westfield Belconnen and Woden and began her career styling for The Work Diaries blog. Hayley has lots of experience dressing real people with every size, age, budget and body shape. More about the Author

  • Julia McKay-williams

    This really makes me angry. Why should we pay more for parking when the car parks are not looked after? I use the one on London Circuit often, and sometimes when I come back out to my car there are no lights on, making me feel unsafe. Plus the way the parks are set out leads to unsafe parking. The ACT Government needs to put some money into these, so people will keep coming into the city.

  • Kathy

    This is nothing but a money grabbing exercise and poor form for the government to justify it by saying that there is privately run paid parking in the area. Before Canberra looks to apply paid parking they need to provide alternatives to driving and they have failed to do that.

  • Hi all – I know a bit about this. Its not all of London Circuit. The car parks that are affected are the “Mooseheads Car park”, the car park next to the Legislative Assembly near Constitution Avenue and the other car park further toward the lake from Constitution on London Circuit. It is also the Pool car parks serving the Convention Centre. The idea was to support the Theatres and Convention Centre. In the next month the Theatre has about 20 weekend commitments. So it doesn’t make sense. The Mooseheads Car park is the most problematic. If you leave your car overnight on Saturday like many do, you will get a ticket the following morning. Its not fair to the traders in the Sydney Building, Garema etc. It also means everyone will scramble for a spot in the Melbourne Building Magistrates Car park which is busy because of the restaurants. We do not want the initiative to creep to this car park because this would be really problematic. It is not fair, is not well thought out, we do not want the CBD penalised and we are making noise about this

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