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Free parking plan delayed as more information sought

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October 12, 2017

City of Greater Shepparton Council has delayed its decision on whether to integrate free parking into Shepparton's CBD.

A decision on options to integrate free parking in Shepparton’s CBD has been delayed, after Greater Shepparton City councillors decided they needed more information before deciding on it.

More detail on measures to assess the effectiveness of any change and additional options had been sought during a briefing late on Tuesday, Mayor Dinny Adem said.

The mayor had earlier in the day said a number of free parking options would be assessed at next week’s October council meeting.

But the matter was now more likely to be addressed in November or later.

‘‘We were considering putting it in,’’ Cr Adem said yesterday.

‘‘Councillors feel they need some more information to make an informed decision on any changes,’’ he said.

‘‘More fine-tuning (is needed) on our measuring mechanism,’’ he said.’’

He stressed the need for ensuring the success or otherwise of any adopted option could be measured as effectively as possible.

‘‘Otherwise we’re flying blind.’’

Cr Adem added councillors had requested other options be explored.

‘‘Discussion at the briefing led to officers saying, the extra information you’re requiring cannot be supplied in a couple of days,’’ Cr Adem said.

‘‘We decided we won’t rush in and make a decision.’’

The mayor said the matter could ‘‘potentially’’ be considered next month.

While some councillors have publicly supported making CBD parking free last year, others have labelled the push as populist.

Others have questioned the measurables a trial of unpaid parking would be tested against to ensure it was effective.

Removing paid council parking would cost almost $900000 per year, the parking revenue estimated this financial year.

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