Why has Council decided to introduce paid parking?

Council is aware that finding a car park in certain areas of Moonee Valley can be difficult. As our population grows, housing density and associated traffic pressures increase, so too will demand on parking.

In some parts of Moonee Valley, the demand for parking is already greater than the amount of publicly available parking. These paid parking locations are already at the centre of car parking overloading.

By implementing paid parking in certain areas, our aim is to free up parking spaces for those who live and shop in the area.

The focus is on making sure there are a few spots people will be likely to be able to access. We have been careful to limit paid parking in shopping strips and for the vast majority of car spots in these areas, there’ll be no change to existing free on-street parking.

Is this just a revenue raising exercise?

Parking fees are designed to influence behaviour, not raise revenue, in order to allow for as many people as possible to access centres.

Aren’t there other ways to encourage sustainable transport methods without introducing paid parking?

Appropriate car parking management is critical to achieving high levels of amenity, good accessibility and long term sustainability. The introduction of paid parking encourages alternative modes of transport.

We want Moonee Valley to be a healthy city, where people can easily walk, cycle or catch public transport to go where they need to go. We’ll continue to advocate for better public transport for our residents and those who travel to Moonee Valley for work, to study or for recreation purposes.

Is this the first time paid parking has been introduced in Moonee Valley?

This is not the first time we’ve had paid parking in Moonee Valley. Paid parking was first introduced in Moonee Valley in 2004 in Alexandra Avenue, Moonee Ponds. 

Why were these sites chosen?

Two of the kerbside parking areas are new parking spots that didn’t previously exist. The six existing kerbside parking areas were decided on due to high demand and a need for higher turnover.

There is significant congestion caused by drivers travelling into Moonee Valley, particularly to park near public transport options, and with an increasing population, this is only going to get worse.

The focus is on making sure there are a few spots people will be likely to be able to access. We have been careful to limit paid parking in shopping strips and for the vast majority of car spots in these areas, there’ll be no change to existing free on-street parking.

Will residents who live near those areas have to pay to park outside their house?

Neighbouring residents should not be affected by the introduction of paid parking. Vehicles displaying valid residential parking permits will be exempt from fees in paid parking bays for their permit area.

When will paid parking begin?

It’s expected paid parking will be implemented mid 2019.

Will paid parking be introduced in other areas in the future?

There are no current plans to install paid parking at any other locations within the municipality.