Swan Hill Rural City Council parking meters in the Swan Hill CBD will soon be allowing for tap and go payments.
Council’s Director Development and Planning, Heather Green said that particularly post-covid a lot of people were no longer carrying cash and coins and instead using card payments as their preferred method of payment.
“Motorists will now have the option of paying with credit or debit cards or coins, when parking within a paid parking space.
“This provides a more convenient option for motorists parking within the Swan Hill CBD and will be more efficient for Council officers reducing the requirement to empty and count coins,” she said.
Ms Green said parking spaces could be found within the CBD area of Campbell and Beveridge Streets, between Pritchard and Rutherford Street.
“There are a range of parking options in Swan Hill CBD, most bays limited to one or two hours.
“If motorists prefer not to pay, there are a number of alternative parking spaces, that do not require payments, but with time restrictions still in place,” Ms Green said.
Ms Green said motorist’s that were requiring longer stays, had other parking options available.
“In the instance that street parking limits are not long enough for your intended stay, there are all day car parking spaces available in McCallum Street, Curlewis Street and High Street.
“And, of course, all car parking remains free on Saturdays, with time restrictions remaining in place,” she said.
Ms Green said parking restrictions were enforced to encourage a regular turnover of parking bays,to allow a greater number of people access to businesses and services.
“Parking restrictions are regularly enforced by Authorised Officers to ensure the safe and fair use of on-street parking in the CBD.
“Motorists are reminded to check the signage in their parking area to ensure that they are complying with the restrictions for that parking space.
“If we were to make car parking in the CBD free of charge, it may create additional turnover issues and in fact, cost us more money due to the requirement for more staff to enforce the time limits,” Ms Green added.
Ms Green said revenue raised from the parking meters contributed to the Council budget.
“Like all income we receive, the revenue from parking meters contributes to the running of Council and more specifically the parking meter revenue is a user pay system that reduces the use of general rates to run our Regulatory Services,” she said.
Ms Green said the Tap and Go payments would be going live soon and that the hardware and new modems were currently being installed.
For further information please contact Council’s Regulatory Services team on 03 5036 2346.