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More convenient parking machines on the way

More convenient parking machines on the way

News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Warrnambool City Council’s improvements to off-street car parking will continue in November with the introduction of new ticket machines.

The new machines will service over 1000 off-street car parks, be easy to use, provide more flexible payment options and be more reliable.

Warrnambool City Council Manager Health & Local Laws Ian Fitzgibbon said that encouraging motorists to use off-street car parks was an important measure.

“These new machines will make parking that little bit easier and more convenient for residents and visitors to our city,” he said.

“Improving CBD parking is a high priority for Council and ties in with the City Centre Renewal project, which aims to bring Warrnambool into the 21st century.

“Over the past year Council has also reduced all-day parking fees in some off-street car parks and created new sealed and line-marked car parks in Fairy Street and Grace Avenue, adding another 100 parking spaces.”

“Off-street car parks will remain free all weekend.”

Council allocated funds in the 2014/15 budget to purchase and install the new ticket machines, so the price of parking will stay the same.

In addition to coins, parking will be able to be paid for via credit card (including paywave/paypass) and Smart Cards, which can have money pre-loaded onto them, will be launched in early 2015.

Council is also trialling ‘pay by phone’ through the use of the EasyPark smartphone app.

The EasyPark app is available on iPhone and Android and allows users to pay for and top-up parking in off-street car parks. It can also send alerts when parking time is almost up.

Please note EasyPark users will still need to comply with time limits as detailed by signage.

Frequent users of all-day car parks will also be able to purchase weekly tickets for specific car parks.

The status of each machine will be visible to staff online at all times, so they can immediately respond to faults, low ticket rolls, collection requirements and collate park statistics.

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