Eight years after government plans more parking, Gungahlin businesses are still waiting


Shadow Minister for Business and Liberal MLA for Yerrabi Leanne Castley will put forward a motion in the Legislative Assembly today calling on the government to explain why extra parking planned in 2013 for the Yerrabi Pond foreshore has not occured.

Ms Castley said eight years ago the government undertook planning and community consultation for more parking to support businesses at the Yerrabi Pond foreshore, but nothing has happened.

“The Labor Government undertook planning work in 2013 for up to 28 parking spots in the grassed median area of Nellie Hamilton Drive at Yerrabi Pond so customers could access businesses on the foreshore,” Ms Castley said.

“There was limited parking for patrons of the Curves fitness centre, and it is the same problem today for the restaurants, hairdressers and other businesses. Some businesses such as Curves and the Thai Herb restaurant have been forced to relocate while several cafes have closed.

“Parking is vital for small business, but the government doesn’t get it. Instead, the Business Minister sets up a ‘discovery phase’ and yet another taskforce.

“Last month the government also opposed the Canberra Liberals’ call to set up a Small Business Ministerial Advisory Council. The government’s inaction shows its neglect of the Gungahlin community and small business.”

The Standing Committee on Planning, Environment and Territory and Municipal Services discussed the issue at a November 6, 2013 meeting. They confirmed a project had been designed for parking in the median strip and there had been community consultation.

Speaking about the issue in 2013, the Territory and Municipal Services boss Gary Byles said “That specific issue (parking) is a priority, but it is a priority along with many other priorities … The minister will make the decision.”

The motion calls on the government to provide a timeline for when parking will be provided by no later than the last sitting day in August 2021.