Call for CBD parking incentives

A LAUNCESTON alderman wants the council to examine parking incentives to bring more business to the CBD.

Alderman Hugh McKenzie has suggested the council examine an initiative by Geelong City Council to boost CBD activity.

Geelong's trial included changing one-hour parking bays to two hours, offering free parking on Saturday, and extending the grace period for fines after meter expiration.

Alderman McKenzie said the council should consider a trial along similar lines when business activity died down at the start of winter.

``My view is to look at the positive benefits of the Geelong trial, if there are any, and look at what it might cost the Launceston City Council in revenue reduction,'' he said.

``Parking is often something that is often put to me as a reason why CBD business is struggling.

``There will be costs, but also savings. We've got to look what might be the real benefits.''

The council will soon ask the public for their input into all aspects of the city's car parking design and services.

A survey will appear on its Your Voice, Your Launceston community consultation website towards the end of February.

Consultation on parking services will be put out to the public every three years.

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