The combination of being free of lockdowns, the shackles taken off and being able to trade without restrictions, and the four month complimentary carparking in Council owned on street carparks in the CBD (off street are already free), all goes well for a bright Christmas and summer trading period, according to the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
The Chamber in conjunction with Greater Shepparton City Council have
been working hard to help bring life back into the City by improving parking in the CBD. However overstaying in valuable customer carparks by business owners and employees has had a negative effect on business.
Speaking in support of improved parking for shoppers, Chamber President, John Anderson said it was disappointing to hear that some business owners and staff had been taking up valuable car spots that should be prioritised for customers.
“COVID has had a significant impact on business in Greater Shepparton, but it’s important that we abide by the parking rules, particularly during the important Christmas trading period,” said John.
“Carparks equate to shoppers and therefore business viability.”
Council launched complimentary on street parking (Council owned off street carparks are already free) at the beginning of November and while time limits still apply and infringements will be issued for cars exceeding the time limits, this is a very positive joint initiative to encourage more shopping in the City, it’s a great outcome, but it’s not for business owners and employees to park outside their business, these spaces are for their customers.
The complimentary timed parking initiative is being held over four months ending on February 28, 2022.