Council and Community Call for Increased Parking Patrols

Published on 24 November 2017

Baw Baw Shire Council will be significantly increasing car parking patrols across the municipality from Monday 27 November 2017.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Cr Joe Gauci said there has been strong community support for increased car parking patrols to ensure people are doing the right thing and not parking all day where they shouldn’t be.

“Our Shire, especially around Warragul and Drouin, is growing at a rapid rate which is putting a lot of pressure on our limited car parking spaces. We are continuing to consider viable options for increasing parking spaces in these towns but want to offer fairer use of the available spaces in the meantime”, said the Mayor.

“Council acknowledges that many community members obey the parking rules in time bays and in restricted parking areas such as disabled spaces and loading zones.

“We hope that by increasing our active patrols, we will be able to better ensure safe and proper use of parking spaces." 

The implementation of increased parking patrols also provides the community with equitable access to parking in and around the key economic centres. Council offer a variety of public parking from short to long term accommodating for all users of our business centres. Short term parking close to the shopping precincts is primarily provided to stimulate activity in and around our retail core.

The resolution was made as a recommendation from a recent car parking study report presented to Council as its meeting last night.

The report detailed current car parking provisions in the Warragul CBD and of Council’s current compliance activity in regards to parking enforcement.

The report also reviewed current restrictions in place over some private car parks. Council is engaging with private parking owners to discuss agreements which could include patrolling these private areas moving forward.

The report was prepared as per Council’s resolution from its 26 July 2017 Council meeting to prepare a detailed report on all aspects of parking with a specific focus on the Warragul CBD.