St Arnaud parking put to the people

Published on 13 March 2018

St A Main St

Feedback generated by the St Arnaud business community will be used as part of Northern Grampians Shire Council’s Concept Parking Plan.

Council representatives carried out community consultation in regards to parking restrictions and signage with St Arnaud business owners and operators recently, with the feedback set to inform the development of a concept parking plan, which will then go on display to the public for review and input.

Overall, members of Council’s local laws team engaged with 36 St Arnaud business owners along Napier Street to conduct a short survey, with the overall feedback suggesting that businesses are generally satisfied with the current 90-minute time restriction, as well as the level of signage within St Arnaud’s main retail and business area.

Overall, the survey indicated that the current parking capacity and original signage (1.5 hours) were generally seen as satisfactory.  Parking time restrictions were also highlighted as having an impact on local businesses.

Survey results show that:

  • 66 per cent of respondents identified vehicles parking in excess of time restrictions

    71 per cent of respondents want some form of parking enforcement to be conducted in St Arnaud at least weekly

  • 80 per cent of respondents would prefer a parking restriction time of 1.5-2 hours.

Other items consistently raised via the survey included disabled parking and loading bays. There was also a clear indication that the current taxi rank location satisfies the majority of local businesses.

Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll thanked business owners for their input and said Council would now consider the feedback as part of its decision-making process.

“Engagement practices such as this are crucial for us to understand what it is that the community wants, and it’s important for us to continue to regularly consult with residents,” Cr Driscoll said.

“This particular consultation effort has helped us gain better insight into the needs of our St Arnaud business owners, and we can now use that data to make a decision that best reflects their desires.”