Community Workshops Consider Parking Opportunities
Tuesday 21st September 2010
With almost 500 people completing the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council parking survey as part of the first phase of the community participation on the revised Parking Strategy, the community has demonstrated how important this issue is to them.
Preliminary review of the survey responses show that the majority of respondents would like an increase in shorter time limited parking to allow for more parking turnover and availability. The results also show most respondents would be prepared to walk from a parking area located within a short walking distance from their town centre destinations.
Following on from the survey Council is planning a series of community workshops next month. According to Council's Manager of Technical Service Cliff Toms, who is leading the Parking Strategy Review, the workshops are an important part of the process.
"The workshops will not only allow community members to contribute to the preparation and outcomes of the Parking Strategy they will also help increase community awareness of key parking issues and trends.
"Workshop participants will be encouraged to think about what parking facilities and policies currently operate in the Hastings, what facilities they would like in the future and how we get the changes or improvements that lead to these outcomes," said Mr Toms.
Council has collected information on existing parking facilities, regional and national trends. This data, along with results from the community survey, will be provided at the workshops to assist participants as they consider future opportunities.
The four two hour workshops are scheduled for October;
- Laurieton United Services Club 7th October 2010 commencing 7:00pm
- Wauchope Senior Citizens Centre 13th October 2010 commencing 7:00pm
- Port Macquarie Race Course 21st October commencing 1.00pm
- Port Macquarie Race Course 21st October commencing 5.30pm
Registrations will close two days before the meeting date. Registrations to this important strategy development can be made online at www.pmhc.nsw.gov.au/parkingreview