Proposed Smarter Parking Plan

The story so far ...
In May, Ballarat City Councillors voted to undertake detailed community and stakeholder consultation around parking in the CBD.


What followed was one of the most extensive community and stakeholder consultation processes ever undertaken by the City of Ballarat, including:

  • Attendance at the pop-up shop in Sturt Street – 552 people
  • Individual consultation sessions with key stakeholders – 350 people
  • Ward consultation sessions with individual councillors – 50 people
  • Online survey – 1500 submissions
  • Significant social media and media presence throughout the consultation phase
  • The complete body of submissions received “verbatim” is about 500 pages and has been provided to councillors in full
  • Additional research took place across other municipalities including Warrnambool, Maribyrnong and Brisbane City in Australia, and Auckland and Tauranga in New Zealand.

The consultation showed:

  • The community does not want any major extension of the Ballarat CBD’s paid parking network
  • There is a need to address an unacceptable existing parking situation in residential areas on the CBD fringe
  • There is a need for a very effective enforcement system

What will go back to the council chamber will be strongly informed by this community consultation process.

However, the state government's $14 million election commitment to 1000 free CBD car parks, announced mid-November, has resulted in the need to defer the full Smarter Parking Plan for action until further information is obtained.

You can view the progress report outlining the initial consultation findings here.


What is the current problem with parking in our CBD?

The City of Ballarat needs to urgently address CBD and hospital precinct parking congestion.

There are currently more than 10,000 CBD workers, with 2000 more expected in the next two years.

Car parking management in these areas requires action now to find the most balanced solution for workers, residents and shoppers while also planning for future growth.

The story so far ...
In May, Ballarat City Councillors voted to undertake detailed community and stakeholder consultation around parking in the CBD.


What followed was one of the most extensive community and stakeholder consultation processes ever undertaken by the City of Ballarat, including:

  • Attendance at the pop-up shop in Sturt Street – 552 people
  • Individual consultation sessions with key stakeholders – 350 people
  • Ward consultation sessions with individual councillors – 50 people
  • Online survey – 1500 submissions
  • Significant social media and media presence throughout the consultation phase
  • The complete body of submissions received “verbatim” is about 500 pages and has been provided to councillors in full
  • Additional research took place across other municipalities including Warrnambool, Maribyrnong and Brisbane City in Australia, and Auckland and Tauranga in New Zealand.

The consultation showed:

  • The community does not want any major extension of the Ballarat CBD’s paid parking network
  • There is a need to address an unacceptable existing parking situation in residential areas on the CBD fringe
  • There is a need for a very effective enforcement system

What will go back to the council chamber will be strongly informed by this community consultation process.

However, the state government's $14 million election commitment to 1000 free CBD car parks, announced mid-November, has resulted in the need to defer the full Smarter Parking Plan for action until further information is obtained.

You can view the progress report outlining the initial consultation findings here.


What is the current problem with parking in our CBD?

The City of Ballarat needs to urgently address CBD and hospital precinct parking congestion.

There are currently more than 10,000 CBD workers, with 2000 more expected in the next two years.

Car parking management in these areas requires action now to find the most balanced solution for workers, residents and shoppers while also planning for future growth.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

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    Thank you to the 1500 community members who provided their feedback on the proposed Smarter Parking Plan.

    Thank you to the 1500 community members who provided their feedback on the proposed Smarter Parking Plan.

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