Port Stephens Council Proposes Changes to Nelson Bay Smart Parking Following Community Feedback | Port Stephens Examiner

Port Stephens Council is awaiting approval from its traffic committee to reduce Nelson Bay’s paid parking hours as the smart parking system continues to roll out downtown.

The council said it was looking to change the current hours from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily following feedback from residents and businesses in the bay.

“If these changes are approved by our local traffic committee in May, we will communicate the new schedules to the community and change the parking signs,” said Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer.

Cr Palmer said long-term parking for businesses and workers was well received at this time and that more business parking spots would be opened as the deployment of the smart parking system continues.

“The data tells us that our corporate parking lots are very popular, reaching 80-90% capacity by 9 am each day,” said Cr Palmer.

“Using this data, we will expand the business parking area to include Donald Street East parking lot to create more spaces for workers in Nelson Bay.”

Cr Palmer added that the council noticed an improvement in traffic in and around the city center since the conversion of Yacaaba and Stockton streets to one-way streets, which has improved pedestrian safety around the Stockton and Donald Street intersections. .

The council is now preparing to turn on digital smart parking signs in downtown Nelson Bay in May. The signs provide real-time information on the availability of parking spaces. Like the parking meters in Nelson Bay, the digital panels are powered by solar energy.

“We are working with our suppliers to ensure the remaining panels will be turned on and are investigating solar power options to get them up and running as soon as possible,” said Cr Palmer.

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