Changes to on-street parking prices

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Council has voted to revert fees for capped on-street all-day, 3-hour and 4-hour parking in the Geelong Central Business District (CBD) to 2018-19 levels.

The decision, made unanimously by councillors during Thursday night’s Special Meeting at City Hall, will come into effect as of 7:00am this Monday (8 July 2019).

It will see the following changes to 2019-20 budgeted fees:

  • capped all-day on-street parking from $13 back to $5.80
  • 3-hour parking capped from $7 back to $5.80
  • 4-hour parking capped from $8 back to $3.50 and
  • 4-hour parking capped (high occupancy) from $9 back to $5.80.

In addition, City officers have been instructed to:

  • review all budgeted 2019-20 fees and charges to identify any other significant increases that were not included in the budget consultation process for further considered by council
  • review and investigate the oversight of disclosing to councillors and the community parking fee increases for on-street all-day, 3-hour and 4-hour parking in the CBD, and report the outcomes to council by 31 August 2019
  • review the process for setting all fees and charges and report back to council on measures required to ensure that future changes to budgeted fees and charges are subject to appropriate council oversight and community consultation and
  • develop a strategy for setting parking fees in the Geelong CBD to inform the next budget process.

Minutes of the Special Meeting will be available on our meetings page.

Mayor Bruce Harwood

As the mayor, I apologise for what’s occurred. We feel the angst in the community and we have taken steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

We are not perfect and we will make mistakes, but our intent is always to conduct ourselves in the best manner possible for the benefit of the community.

Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy

This is a most unfortunate position we find ourselves in – embarrassing and unavoidable. Unfortunately, as long as there are humans involved, there will be human error.

When we voted on the 2019-20 budget, we were not aware of the parking fee increases we have addressed tonight. We have taken swift action to remedy the error, and as of 7am Monday the prices will be returned to 2018-19 levels.

Martin Cutter - Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer and the administration of the City of Greater Geelong accept responsibility for this error.

We have apologised to councillors accordingly and we also apologise to the community. We’ll now review our processes in line with the resolution.

Page last updated: Friday, 19 July 2019