As the impact of Covid-19 has shifted, we have done our best to respond appropriately.
It is important for the City to balance the needs of our entire community – all our residents, businesses and visitors.
Parking enforcement helps us manage issues of safety and risk, but also help us encourage drivers to move on so space is fairly available to all. This is essential for both our residents and our local businesses that require parking turnover.
More people are working from home than ever before, putting increased pressure on parking availability in our residential areas. Many are also choosing to drive to work, relying on the same limited parking availability.
This has placed unprecedented pressure on our parking spaces – pressure that would only be exacerbated if we relaxed restrictions further.
The City is unable to provide free parking permits for all city workers as this would result in unmanageable parking pressure and generate a significant increase in traffic congestion as cars circle looking for parks.
We need to enforce parking restrictions to ensure our limited street parking is fairly distributed.
With limited space available, we have prioritised supporting emergency services and front line workers.
The City has issued 1,400 parking permits to emergency workers, including doctors, nurses, NSW Police and Red Cross staff, and provided them with free 24-hour access to our Kings Cross and Goulburn Street car parks.
These permits and free access to the car parks have been extended until the end of November.
We have also worked with Health Care Australia to facilitate parking that allows nurses who are conducting Covid-19 testing at quarantine hotels quick access.
We will continue working to ensure those who need parking most have it available to them, and that parking spots are fairly distributed.
We thank residents and workers for their understanding during this difficult time.
Disputes about parking fines should be directed to Revenue NSW.