THE Canberra Liberals are calling on the ACT government to develop a comprehensive car parking plan to go with the new floodlights at Manuka Oval, describing the current parking situation as a “nightmare.”
It comes after thousands of cricket fans attended Australia’s sell-out day-night game against the West Indies this month, with many having to park illegally.
Opposition sport spokesman Steve Doszpot will introduce a motion into the Assembly chamber calling on the government to develop a car parking and event management plan for the area around the stadium.
“The government was aware well in advance of the crowds that were expected to attend the recent international cricket matches at Manuka Oval, but yet no simple parking plans were put in place,” Mr Doszpot says.
“In fact the government’s only plan was to bring in additional parking inspectors to book cars that were parked contrary to current regulations.
“Whilst there were free bus services on offer, public transport is not always an option for tourists, families and residents of the area.
“I want to see the government develop a proper parking and event management plan for the area so that the problems we saw during the last two cricket matches are avoided.”