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CBD Parking To Change

CBD Parking To Change

Paid Parking In CBD To Return From July 20

The Warrnambool City Council has extended the current free parking with time limits until July 18, but from July 20 paid meter parking will return in the CBD.

The new resolution will effectively provide free short term parking in off street car parks before 11:00am each weekday, and on weekends.

From July 20, parking will be free in the 2 hour parking spaces in Ozone, Parkers and Cramond and Dickson off-street car parks until 11am each weekday.

These carparks contain a mix of timed and all-day parking spaces, and it’s important to note that free parking until 11am only applies to the signed 2P spaces.

The pre-COVID parking arrangements will resume in all other areas, with people able to pay for parking either by using a parking meter or via the free CellOPark smartphone app.

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Free Parking with time limits has been in effect since late March, to help suppport local businesses, many of who transferred to takeaway and click and collect services at the height of Covid-19.

“Free time-limited parking across the city centre was introduced in March and I feel it was a successful initiative appreciated by businesses and the community during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic so far,” Warrnambool Mayor Tony Herbert said.

“As the CBD has gotten busier, feedback from a number of businesses has been that they’d like to see measures taken to encourage more parking turnover, with many people overstaying the time limits and parking for long periods.

“Council officers have been patrolling and enforcing time limits in the CBD, however these patrols are much more resource intensive and cannot be done as quickly as those undertaken in a metered environment.

“There is still a desire to offer some form of free parking, but Council didn’t feel that citywide free parking was the best solution at this stage.

“I think this new offering will create opportunities for our residents to use those quieter times of the day to run their errands and even have time to grab a coffee without having to worry about paying for parking.

The new measures will be in place until January 31.

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