Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is encouraging interested people to have their say on Toowoomba’s inner city car parking via the online CBD Car Parking Survey.
TRC Strategic Planning and Economic Development portfolio leader Cr Anne Glasheen said Council was seeking responses from business owners, shoppers and CBD workers about how, when and where they visited or parked in the CBD.
The confidential survey can be completed by visiting http://yoursay.tr.qld.gov.au/cbd-car-parking
“Council planned to conduct this latest survey to take into account parking supply, demand and parking behaviour in the CBD before and since the 1800 new carparks recently came online at Grand Central,” Cr Glasheen said.
“Responses will be collated after the December 10 cut-off to give Council an overview of the latest information which can be compared with the 2016 survey.
“This latest research will allow Council to provide reliable and independent data to organisations and businesses that are interested in investing in the CBD.
“It will also help Council identify efficiencies in parking options across the CBD that will benefit business owners, shoppers and workers.
“Council recognises that as our city grows, the demand for parking in the CBD is increasing.
“This is being addressed through our CBD Car Parking Strategy which lists short, medium and long-term plans to address future car parking needs.
“There is a competing need in Toowoomba for all-day worker parking and short to medium-stay customer parking, which is vital for business turnover.
“There are opportunities to look at how readily smart parking technology, such as real time data on available parking spaces and additional payment options via smartphones, could be introduced and used.
“Ongoing development and investment has greatly changed the range and operating hours of businesses in the CBD. We need to understand how these changes have shaped people’s behaviour.
“Council is seeking a broad cross section of respondents to complete the survey to give the most accurate picture of current parking trends.”