GippsTAFE restrictions to increase station parking squeeze
Baw Baw News
By William PJ Kulich // 21:06, Friday 30 September 2011
First published in Issue 2 of the Warragul Citizen, released on the 28th of September 2011.
Warragul commuters will have to find alternative parking when GippsTAFE closes its car parks from public use at the end of October.
GippsTAFE Warragul will be installing boom gates at the entrances to its Queen Street car parks to ensure that staff and students can always get a space. The car park is often used by commuters.
The boom gates will be installed over the school holidays from late September to early October, coming into operation from the 31st of October.
The Warragul Station Precinct project, which will introduce around 200 new spaces for V/Line customers, will not be able to cover the lost spaces for over a year.
A spokesperson for Narracan MP Gary Blackwood told The Warragul Citizen that construction will not begin on the project until as late as the 2013/14 financial year, and no earlier than next financial year.
A completion date for the precinct project has not yet been estimated.In the short term commuters will have to find alternative parking further away from the station or drive to Drouin.
“When I have to go and take a train, I have to park somewhere. So, I’ll look for available parking, and if parking is available in the vicinity then that’s good,” one commuter said.
A spokesperson for GippsTAFE told The Warragul Citizen that a “very small number” of the roughly 150 spaces will be leased to the public for $500 per annum.
The GippsTAFE spokesperson said that the exact number of spaces that the TAFE will offer to the public has not yet been decided. The billing period for these spaces is also yet to be decided.
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