Two meetings were held this week to explore car parking issues at QVM. The current car park is to make way for a new open space and alternative sites for parking will be required.
A meeting attended by Traders, QVMAC Representatives, QVM Management and City of Melbourne was held at the market on Thursday to discuss issues included the proposed shift of the current car park, the possibilities of the Munro site, and changing patterns in the use of the car park.
The meeting sought creative input from interested parties in various market precincts across a whole range of car parking and related business matters including -
- Matching parking offers of other retail complexes particularly in relation to 2 hours free parking.
- Offering free parking at any time of day.
- Location of alternative car parking - Munro site, Franklin St, ABC sheds?
- How the location of car parks will impact on traffic flow, entry/exit points etc.
- Will customers utilise more distant car parks (Franklin St.)?
- The car park is full for Wednesday Night Markets - how do we maximise returns at those times?
- The possibilities around increased trading hours and better utilisation of the car park.
Mark Allen, representing the CoM, gave an assurance that meaningful input from traders would be sought at each of the five stages of the renewal process.
Earlier in the week a number of Trader Representatives met with Councillors from City of Melbourne for an informal discussion on the impact of the State Government congestion levy on QVM funding. QVMAC Trader Representatives were advised at a recent meeting that car park fees at QVM were likely to increase as a result of the newly imposed government levy. The CoM announced last week that an additional $300,000 had been made available to QVM as part of the latest budget discussions to assist with market related costs.