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Parking meters bring in $ 580,000

Parking meters bring in $ 580,000

Goya Dmytryshchak

Parking meters in Hobsons Bay have raised more than half a million dollars since they were turned on again.

Parking meters at Nelson Place and Williamstown Beach were turned off from July to the end of October last year during Melbourne’s extended lockdown.

Paid parking at Nelson Place was suspended for another two months, until December 31, 2020, as part of the Hobsons Bay Council’s third business support package.

From November 2020 to the end of August 2021, the parking meters at Williamstown Beach and Nelson Place collected $ 580,657 from non-permit holders.

The Maribyrnong Council reintroduced paid parking in a car park on the street in Footscray on 24 May this year with a two-week grace period.

Acting Infrastructure Services Director Craig Medcalf said the reintroduction of paid parking on the Paisley Street (library) car park was a test.

“The decision was based on high occupancy rates and vehicle turnover and was made at a time when free, uninterrupted movement was allowed,” he said.

“We appreciate that snap lockdowns affect movement, and as such, there is increased parking capacity in the area for those who do not want to pay for parking.

“Even outside the lockdown, a number of on-street and off-street parking spaces within the area remain underutilized, leaving users with a choice of where to park-free or paid.”

He said the council did not break down parking revenue by location.

“We can advise whether the total revenue from all parking fees received throughout the municipality during 2020-2021, including the month the ticket machine in the library’s parking lot was in operation, was $ 1,019 million,” he said.

“This is $ 900,000 less than in 2019-2020.”

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