Suggestions to Ease Parking Congestion on Boundary Street, West End Submitted

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In a bid to help ease parking congestion on Boundary Street, West End Traders Association (WETA) submitted a proposal to the Brisbane City Council last December.

Included in WETA’s suggestions are long-term parking on minor streets for Boundary Street establishment owners and their staff, additional disabled parking bays, and a 15-minute parking period in loading zones after 4:00 p.m.

However, since Boundary Street is accessible by public transport and on foot, some business owners believe that parking on the street should be removed altogether. They are suggesting that the area be reinvented instead as a destination for arts and entertainment.

Councillor Jonathan Sri expressed support for the proposals and also suggested for the moving of the taxi rank to Russell St, to further decongest Boundary Street and improve safety of motorists.

Parking in Brisbane

In 2014, the Brisbane Parking Taskforce was established to advise the Council how address parking issues and manage on-street parking in the future which resulted in the updating of Parking Guide to Brisbane. All 55 recommendations in the final report of the Parking Taskforce which included representatives from RACQ and Taxi Council Queensland — after considering over 1,100 submission— have been implemented.

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Some of the recommendations were:

  • free 15 minute parking in 7715 metered parking spaces outside of the CBD, and 1100 spaces in Council’s King George Square and Wickham Terrace car parks (CBD), to improve access to local shops and promote economic growth
  • a fast online parking permit system to simplify and streamline the parking permit application process
  • a freeze on residential parking permit fees
  • investment in integrated parking technology, such as parking sensors and mobile phone applications, to help motorists pre-plan their parking
  • improved parking signage for traffic areas and loading zones, and a trial of parking schedule signage to make it easier for motorists to identify on street parking spaces
  • enhanced parking management around schools and in residential areas to improve safety and access to parking.

The Brisbane Central Traffic Area, which covers CBD and nearby suburbs and localities, enforces a maximum of two-hour parking for vehicles without a valid resident’s parking permit from 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 7:00 a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

On the other hand, 15-minute free parking is available in:

  • Auchenflower
  • Bowen Hills
  • Buranda
  • Fortitude Valley
  • Kangaroo Point
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Milton
  • Newstead
  • South Brisbane
  • Spring Hill
  • Teneriffe
  • West End
  • Woolloongabba

The 15-minute free parking is also available at King George Square Car Park and Wickham Terrace Car Park. Customers staying longer than 15 minutes will need to pay at the meter or via the CellOPark Australia app.