Credit card payments soon available at Launceston council car parks

Those who never have spare change can breathe a sigh of relief with the City of Launceston part-way though implementing new flexible payment machines at its open air car parks.

The new machines accept both coins and card payments and include a Wi-Fi monitoring system to allow council officers to more efficiently rectify faults.

Installation has already occurred at car parks at York Street West, Home Point, Inveresk and the Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre.

The machines will be also be rolled out at the car parks on Park Street, Cameron Street-Cimitiere Street, the Basin car park at the Cataract Gorge and the River Edge car park at the Seaport.

City of Launceston parking manager Andrew Frost said the community had been heard “loud and clear” about the need for more flexible payment options.

“That is something we are eager to work on, already this year we have rolled out flexible payment options in our multi-storey car parks, and now we are moving to our open air car parks,” he said.

“We continue to look at options for future on-street payment methods, but the changes we have undertaken so far in our car parks have been well received by the public.”

Meanwhile, efforts continue on the creation of a new car park at Lindsay Street.

General manager Robert Dobrzynski said it was being considered by the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

“The proposal to create a 99-space off street car park adjacent to the Lindsay Street flood levee requires both a rezoning and a development application,” he said.

“[It] would see the construction of 93 off street car parks, two disabled spaces and four motorcycle spaces.”

The Lindsay Street car park is designed to cater for users of the $9 million North Bank redevelopment.

“The project is a very exciting one for the city, and we expect significant parking demand will be created once the site is fully developed,” Mr Dobrzynski said.

The draft planning scheme amendment and its associated development application was sent to the commission on January 23.