People are encouraged to have their say on a proposal to build a new multi-level carpark in Oakleigh.
Monash Council has proposed two levels of parking, providing 195 parking spaces, be added to an existing ground level carpark in Atkinson St.
The $8.7 million project seeks to meet the demand for carparking in central Oakleigh following recent growth of the area.
Mayor Paul Klisaris said the proposal had been recommended to the council by the Oakleigh Parking Steering Committee, which included Oakleigh Ward Councillors Stefanie Perri, Bill Pontikis and Theo Zographos, representatives of the Oakleigh Traders and Oakleigh Rotary Club, and local Members of Parliament Anna Burke and Steve Dimopoulos.
Cr Klisaris said about $1.6 million in funding for the carpark would come from contributions made by local businesses (in lieu of providing car spaces on-site at their businesses) and council would consider funding the remainder of the project in its 2016-17 budget.
To raise funds, consideration would be given to selling two council-owned sites in Oxford St.
Cr Klisaris said the centre of Oakleigh had grown into a popular, thriving place, where people liked to catch up.
“The success of Oakleigh means that the demand for car parking is outstripping the supply,” he said.
“According to the traffic experts, once car park occupancy rates exceed 85 per cent, motorists experience significant frustrations in circulating for an available car park.
“Our studies have found that many of the existing car parks in Oakleigh are 100 per cent occupied during peak periods.
“Residents and traders are experiencing a great deal of frustration with parking in Oakleigh and have asked council to do something to address this problem.”
Monash Council is seeking community feedback on both the overall project and a recommended construction timeline.
Under the council’s proposal, an Expression of Interest for construction of the carpark would be advertised in early 2016 and construction would begin mid-2016. The carpark would then be expected to open in mid-2017.
While this timeline would result in the carpark opening as early as possible, the drawback would be that the existing carpark may not be available for use over the Christmas 2016 period as it will be a construction site.
Submit your feedback online via a survey by December 4, attend a ‘listening pod’ in person at Eaton Mall on Saturday, November 14 from 12noon-2pm or on Thursday, December 3 from 3pm-5pm. Alternatively, attend a meeting for local traders and residents at the Monash Seminar and Training Centre at 1A Atherton Rd on Thursday, November 26 from 5pm-6.30pm.