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City's growth spurt puts parking in the spotlight

GROWING TREND: John Bailey, from Gailes, pays to park in Pring St, Ipswich.
GROWING TREND: John Bailey, from Gailes, pays to park in Pring St, Ipswich. Kate Czerny

IPSWICH'S popular Queens Park precinct will be one of the focal points of a survey on parking trends across the city.

Infrastructure spokeswoman Cheryl Bromage said Ipswich City Council needed to find out where people were parking, and for how long, in order to better prepare the city for the rapid population growth that was already taking place.

The redevelopment of the CBD will also have a dramatic effect on parking habits, with the completion of the Icon tower already changing the practice of motorists.

"This is a survey that we conduct every three years," Cr Bromage said. "Our population has gone past 185,000 and, with Ripley about to take off, Springfield still growing, along with long-established areas like Brassall, Walloon and Rosewood, we need to know what's going on in order to prepare for that growth in population.

"The last survey was done in 2012 and, as we know, Coles wasn't rebuilt then, and Icon wasn't there, so it will be interesting to see the effect that has had."

The survey will be focused on on-street parking, with Cr Bromage stating Queens Park was a particular area of concern.

"The Queens Park area is always very busy with parked vehicles, and we want to see if those vehicles belong to visitors to the park or are, in fact, long-term parkers," she said.

Council has ruled out introducing parking meters to the area surrounding the historic public park.

With the pending redevelopment of the mall, access to shops is a big concern; however, the hospital precinct, including St Andrew's and the Ipswich Hospital, is another area the survey will focus on.

"When we get the numbers back, it will help us to understand what we will do for the next three years to provide for parking in the CBD," Cr Bromage said.

"We need to be able to attract people into the CBD to shop."

Council has commissioned travel survey company Austraffic to collect information about where cars are parked and for how long.

Parking survey

  • Conducted every three years since parking strategy was adopted in 2011
  • Data to be collected July 29, 31 and August 2
  • Affects various locations around CBD, but focusing on hospital precinct, Queens Park

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