Free 15 minute parking boost

Lord Mayor Clover Moore today announced that she will ask Council to introduce free 15 minute parking zones for main streets in the City of Sydney before Christmas.

If Council agrees, a year-long free 15 minute parking trial will begin early in December.

The introduction of free 15 minute parking zones will cost the City around one million dollars in lost revenue but the Lord Mayor said she supported the measure to give local small businesses and shops a boost in the run up to Christmas.

"We surveyed 700 residents and 150 small businesses across the city earlier this year and they were overwhelmingly supportive of 15 minute free parking in neighbourhood main streets," the Lord Mayor said.

"The change will make it easier for people to make quick stops at local shops and cafes. It is just one of the measures the City is rolling out to deliver a parking scheme that will be flexible and make better use of limited spaces."

The trial, to be considered by Council at its 18 November meeting, comes after councillors unanimously voted in March this year to exhibit a new parking policy for the city.

While the City's new parking policy is due to come back to Council early next year, the Lord Mayor will ask Council to introduce this initiative early and in time for Christmas.

Streets to be included in the trial are:

  • Harris Street, Pyrmont
  • Glebe Point Road
  • King Street, Newtown
  • Crown Street, Surry Hills
  • Redfern Street
  • William Street, Darlinghurst
  • Macleay Street, Potts Point
  • Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
  • Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Parking meters on these streets will feature clear signage outlining the free 15 minute option. Motorists will simply press a button marked free short stay parking and receive a ticket to place on their dashboard.

Shoppers intending to stay longer to browse stores or dine should buy normal longer stay tickets.

The trial will not include the CBD as streets there are prioritised for free loading zones during the day.

Shoppers in the CBD also have access to many underground public parking stations that are under-utilised with operators offering different payment options like early bird specials.

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore contact Shehana Teixeira 0418 238 373 or email steixeira@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au