Smart parking is coming to Manuka

Media release Andrew Barr, Chief Minister

Smart parking another step in better transport for Canberra

 It will be easier for Canberrans to find a parking spot with work to install smart parking technology in Manuka starting next week.

Smart Parking Ltd (SPL) has been chosen to deliver the ACT Government’s smart parking trial in Manuka and will start construction work on Monday 9 November.

The smart parking trial is an example of the ACT Government’s commitment to better transport in Canberra. In the last few weeks we have welcomed ridesharing to the capital and announced the creation of Transport Canberra, a single agency responsible for the integration of buses with the new light rail network. These initiatives, along with Manuka’s Smart Parking trial, will help manage Canberra’s growth by reducing congestion and ensuring Canberra remains the world’s most liveable city.

This latest transport improvement measure will help address parking issues in major town centres such as Manuka. Smart Parking will offer advantages to Manuka’s retailers and businesses as improved turnover of parking spaces will give shoppers greater access in a more convenient and efficient manner.

The Manuka smart parking trial will use innovative technology to save drivers time, reduce traffic delays and provide a better overall user experience. Drivers will be able to use the smart phone app and four intelligent traffic signs to be guided to an available parking space, while real time information on parking availability will be captured through 460 in-ground sensors.

A new parking app, which will be specifically designed for the Manuka Smart Parking trial, will help commuters plan their trip by receiving information on parking availability before they leave. The app can also be used in transit to Manuka by using your smart phone in a legal hands-free operation or by a passenger.

Real time information from the sensors will be transmitted through Canberra’s free Wi-Fi service CBRfree to the electronic boards and the app.

Smart Parking’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Paul Gillespie expressed his delight at securing the ACT Government contract.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen by the ACT Government to deploy our technology in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Our tried and tested SmartPark solution will play a key role in helping its roads and parking spaces operate more efficiently delivering real benefits for both drivers and local business,” Mr Gillespie said.

“We are confident that residents, businesses and visitors to Canberra will embrace this new innovative technology and see their driving and parking experience transformed for the better,” Mr Gillespie concluded.

Smart Parking Ltd, the successful vendors of the ACT Government’s request for proposal, are market leaders in smart parking technology with 70 per cent of the smart parking market globally. They have undertaken parking projects in Claremont, Western Australia, in the United Kingdom City of Westminster and the New Zealand cities of Auckland, New Plymouth and Taupo.

The service will be available in the first quarter of 2016. Further updates on the Smart Parking trial will be made available at:


Statement Ends

05 November 2015

Media contacts:   Mark Paviour ph. (02) 6205 2775     mob. 0466 521 634  

Chairman’s column, October 2015

Whether Capital Metro ultimately proceeds will depend on the outcome of next year’s ACT Assembly election. The Inner South Canberra Community Council has not taken a stance on this controversial issue, as we believe voters should make up their minds for themselves based on the large amount of information in the public domain.

However, light rail is current government policy and we are pleased that the 25-year- network plan released this week does not forget the inner south. If Capital Metro goes ahead it will connect the parliamentary zone with Civic, Russell and Fyshwick, and with Woden via Adelaide Avenue.   We look forward to representing the interests of the inner south in future planning for routes that affect us.

The ISCCC is working constructively with the ACT Government in helping to ensure the future of the Manuka Childcare Centre beyond 2020.  Our main aim is to represent the needs of the many families who rely on the excellent service provided by MOCCA.

We were happy with the Chief Minister’s announcement of scaled down plans for the Canberra brickworks residential development, which showed that the government had listened to community concerns. The ISCCC has been recognised as a key stakeholder in the consultative process established to flesh out the detail of this project.

The ISCCC is already developing its key objectives for 2016 and beyond and our main priorities will be Better Planning Processes, a Livable and Sustainable City, a Healthy and Resilient Community, Transport and Infrastructure, and Natural and Cultural Heritage. We look forward to discussing with inner south residents your views about how we can make progress in these vital areas.

Gary Kent

Chair, ISCCC


2015 Annual General Meeting 19 November 2015

Inner South Canberra Community Council is holding its 2015 AGM on Thursday, 19th November 2015 at the Eastlake Football Club at 3 Oxley St, Griffith at 7.30 pm.
Please note changed time from 7pm previously advertised.

We are interested in hearing your ideas on any issue related to Inner South Canberra.

Attached is the Agenda, a nomination form and a membership form. Voting status will depend on current membership.
We’re particularly looking for a public relations officer and a webmaster.

Manuka Oval Major Events October 2015 and January 2016 and road closures

Alternative traffic arrangements will be put in place for future major events at Manuka Oval in order to reduce problems associated with the influx of spectators. The arrangements apply for the Prime Minister’s XI v New Zealand cricket match on 23 October 2015 and Australia v India on 20 January 2016. More…

Kingston Art Precinct goes to market

Canberra Times 2 October 2015

The Kingston Arts Precinct is officially on the market as a “blank canvas”, and the public space and arts component will be the first stage of the mixed-use development.

Developers will have until December 10 to put forward proposals based on the operating needs of arts organisations and including spaces for “at least” 800 cars, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said. More…