Car Parking Strategy

City centre visitors and shoppers will be able to take advantage of free off-street parking during the construction phase of the City Centre Renewal.

The free parking provisions include:

  • 144 free car parks in Parkers Car Park from November 1, 2016, to the 31 December 31, 2017.
  • 249 free car parks in Ozone Square Car Park from November 1, 2017 to the December 31, 2018.
  • 10 free 15-minute car parks in Coles Younger Car Park.
  • 220 free car parks at the Railway Precinct Car Park on Merri Street between Fairy Street and Gilles Street in the 2016-2017 financial year. With the construction of this car park there will more free parking than paid parking in the city centre with 2,138 of the 4012 car parks free on an ongoing basis.

The free parking strategy represents an investment by Warrnambool ratepayers of $490,000 over three years.

Other components of a proposed support package under consideration are:

  • waivers of a range of existing fees and charges for businesses located within the construction area;
  • a building façade improvement and all-abilities access grant scheme; and,
  • events and promotions, communications and business skills programs.

Council has already invested $50,000 in 2015-2016 to support Liebig Street traders through the I Love Liebig campaign. Free parking was also provided over the 2015-2016 holiday season within most city centre off-street carparks at a cost to ratepayers of $88,000.