Carpark removal proceeding

Carpark removal proceeding

A petition objecting to the removal of 18 carparks in Bairnsdale’s central business district was considered by East Gippsland Shire Council at its meeting, held in Mallacoota last Tuesday, was knocked on the head.

More than 900 residents signed the petition objecting to the carpark’s removal, which is part of council’s capital works project being undertaken to upgrade the section of Nicholson Street between the Mall and Service Street.

“It is worth noting that there has been a net increase in the number of carparks in that precinct generally,” acting director operations, Fiona Weigall, said at the meeting.

At the completion of the project it is anticipated there will be around 860 car park spaces within the CBD, between Kmart and Bailey Street. Two hundred and one car spaces within the Woolworths carpark, between Nicholson and Francis streets, are not council managed.

Considering parking facilities for disabled and elderly people, and the length of time for the various CBD parking facilities, councillors agreed unanimously to allow the carpark removal in Nicholson Street to proceed.

In considering the petition, councillors were advised by manager place and community strategy, Wayne Richards, there were several elements to consider,