Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has announced Brisbane’s parking meters will be turned off and fees halved at Brisbane City Council’s two major car park from tomorrow.
As many people transition back to normality after the January COVID-19 wave the Schrinner Council is committed to helping residents save money on parking, so they can instead spend it with local business.
“Across Brisbane we have 7869 parking spaces and 914 parking meters in our inner-city areas where turnover of parking is essential,” Cr Schrinner said.
“By switching off the parking meters and halving the costs at our two major car parks (King George Square and Wickham Terrace) residents will save around $500,000 every week.
“By not having to pay at the parking meter, residents can instead spend that money supporting our local businesses who have done it so tough throughout the pandemic.
“Residents will be able to save up to $17.50 a day at our off-street car parks and between $1.20 to $5.50 an hour by not having to pay at parking meters.”
- From Wednesday 8 February all of Brisbane’s parking meters will be turned off.
- There is no need to pay at parking meters, but the time limit of the parking space remains and will be enforced.
- Council’s two major car parks – King George Square and Wickham Terrace – will be half price.
Cr Schrinner said while the meters were off, parking limits remained.
“You don’t have to pay for your parking, but you also must not overstay your limit,” he said.
“The turnover of parking meters is vital so people can visit, shop and dine in our suburbs, putting money into the tills of local businesses who have had less foot traffic while more people chose to stay home during the recent omicron surge.
“Visitation to the Queen Street Mall is currently at 50 per cent of what it was pre-covid, which is a big change to before Christmas when it was 89 per cent.
“I’m confident that back to school and back to work, along with free or discounted parking, will bring a boost to our local retailers, restaurants and cafés.”
This latest relief follows the Lord Mayor’s January announcement to waive $5 million in fees, rents and charges for Brisbane businesses and community groups being heavily impacted by the spread of coronavirus.