Parking meters back up and running in Barkly Street

Posted Monday 15 January, 11:09am

All 28 parking meters in Barkly Street have been successfully upgraded, which will increase the efficiency of the meters resulting in less downtime due to errors.

Ararat Rural City Council has completed its upgrade of its parking meters of the Ararat CBD and wishes to advise the community the monitoring of the system is now in place.

All 28 parking meters in Barkly Street have been successfully upgraded, which will increase the efficiency of the meters resulting in less downtime due to errors.

“The advantage of the new system is that any faults will be communicated via email in real-time, reducing the period the meter will be out of service to the minimum possible,” Ararat Rural City Council Mayor, Cr Glenda McLean said.

“You would struggle to find a city across Australia that doesn’t have parking meters around its central business district. They are essential for managing vehicle parking and encouraging turnover, which is good for shoppers and good for businesses.”

Cr McLean said Ararat Rural City Council is also offering the community an Ezy Park option for the upgraded parking meters.

“Using the EasyPark App on your smartphone is simple and gives you virtual control of your parking from wherever you are,” she said.

“It will also save you money because you are only paying for the time you are actually parked. Gone are the days where you load up a parking meter for an hour and are only in the shops for 20 minutes!”

Council is also investigating running induction sessions with the EasyPark technicians to teach community members how to use the app.

“With new meters comes a renewed focus on compliance, so please be aware in the community that there is an expectation that payment is made.”