Council seeks feedback on CBD parking provisions
By Nadia Surace
WITH the release of a discussion paper developed to address parking in Shepparton Central Business District last week, Greater Shepparton City Council Cr, Jenny Houlihan, has appealed to residents to adopt a more realistic attitude towards parking.
“We need to get away from the idea that we need to and, still can, park outside the shop we’re going to,” Cr Houlihan said.
“We need to appreciate that the city is no longer a town and that just like in Melbourne or any other city, we now need to be prepared to walk from off-street car parks.”
Cr Houlihan also suggested minimising on-street car parking to beautify city streetscapes.
“Fryers Street is just one great big car park, it doesn’t look anywhere near as pretty as it could,” Cr Houlihan said.
“There are plenty of off-street car parks to service the community, there is the one at the library, the one at the corner of Nixon and Maude streets, near Stewart Street, Chemist Warehouse and across the road from Target.
“There are always enough parks in these car parks. We have done many surveys; it’s just a mentality that people have that Shepparton is short on car parks.
The Great Shepparton City Council Discussion Paper reviews the current form and management of parking in the CBD and makes recommendations for the strategic improvement of parking in the city centre.
The Discussion Paper can be found on Council’s website and at the Council’s Welsford Street office.
Community feedback on the proposed strategy closes 5pm Thursday June 16.
For more information phone Council’s Economic Development Branch: 5832 9700.