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Jun 282012

State Member of Chatsworth and Assistant Minister for Public Transport Steve Minnikin this week announced that the proposed Park and Ride near Westfield Carindale is ready to proceed.

The $500,000 project will provide approximately 300 spaces at the existing council-controlled site on the corner of Creek and Old Cleveland Road.

The discussion of the park and ride is often spoken about in the context of Westfield Carindale’s plan to introduce paid parking which is planned to start in July.

The Brisbane times reported (June 27 2012) that:

A spokesman for Mr Minnikin said while the department expected Carindale Shopping Centre staff could use the car park free of charge, early commuters would most likely grab the car spaces.

Mr Minnikin spoke at the monthly Carindale Community Forum on Wednesday night.

“Westfield, like it or loathe it, it’s private land. They pay stamp duty, they pay land tax, payroll tax, lots and lots of taxes, they have made the call. The consumer is always king or queen, ultimately, they have made a business call,” Mr Minnikin said.

“We were always looking at a park and ride anyway.”

He discussed the high cost of parking in the city.

“No wonder our costs of living are going through the roof, we just can’t keep going on with this madness,” he told the group.

“What’s the alternative? Get a bus. You’ve still got to, generally speaking, unless you’re happy to live right on Old Cleveland Road on the bus line, got to generally park your car somewhere … you go along Old Cleveland Road, you go look along Gallipoli Road, I can keep going, you go along Jones Road, it’s just car, car, car, car … all chock a block. Why? Because that’s where people have to go. You live in that street see how you like it, live in Bridgenorth Street see how you like it.”

He said the total figure for the park and ride was made up from costs for line markings, overhead lights, bitumen, improvement to the associated walkway, access for people with wheelchairs, landscaping, signage and a slip lane.

The topic of the Park and Ride has been popular over at the Railbot forum where ozbob says:

This Carindale park n’ ride is too funny. Early workers at Carindale will pinch a lot of spaces.  How many left 150? 200?  4 buses worth. Folks will drive there, no spots left, caught in the no parking wasteland.

How about restricting entry by go card. No public transport travel full commercial rate parking?

A government media statement on Wednesday stated that final designs are being completed and that work is expected to start in early July and will take about a month to complete.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
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