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Parking improvements full steam ahead in Nagambie

Thursday, 18 May, 2017

Nagambie’s central business district will benefit from increased angle parking after Strathbogie Shire Councillors voted to bring the change in (pending VicRoads approval) at their Ordinary Meeting recently in accordance with the recommendations of the Nagambie Masterplan.

In December last year, Council voted to form a Nagambie Parking Community Working Group to develop parking plans for High Street as a direct result of changes to traffic flow post bypass.

A total of five residents participated in the group, together with V/Line, Public Transport Victoria, VicRoads, Nagambie Lakes Tourism and Commerce and Council representatives, with three meetings held this year.

The group comprehensively reviewed and considered the submissions which Council received when the angle parking proposal was out on public display but sought further input from traffic industry bodies.

One of the main submissions against angle parking, received last year, focused on the tourist precinct directly facing Jacobson’s Outlook and the Black Caviar statue.

This fact was considered by Lake Nagambie Ward Councillor Deb Swan, who recommended that angle parking in this section be deferred until October 31 this year. This deferral also provided an opportunity to review bicycle lanes in the design.

Other changes to the original angle parking design that came out of the working group included:

 Widening of the 45-degree angle spaces from 2.6 to 2.8m

 Provide a line-marked, short-term set down/pick up area for buses in the manoeuvring space and abutting bike lane adjacent to Jacobson’s Outlook

 Alter the median opening opposite Marie Street to one-way from west to east and restrict its use to buses only

 The existing right turn deceleration lane into the above median opening can be closed and used for additional on street car parking spaces

 V/Line bus stops to be removed from High Street and relocated to the train station.

 Conversion of the existing V/Line bus stop near the Nagambie Lakes Waterfront Hotel and the bus stop outside of the Foxhole café to on-street parking.

 Introduction of short-term parking restrictions in some kerbside parking areas on Farmers Market days.

Councillors took part in a rigorous debate on the issue, with Cr Swan leading the argument, saying a lot of work had been done by the community and Council to get to this point.

"Right now, the community is half and half about angle parking," she said.

"I feel this solution addresses a lot of the issues we’ve heard from residents, which included how the area in front of the lake would look if angle parking was introduced.

"On the Easter long weekend, High Street was very busy and more parking was needed. We need to look forward now."

Cr Malcolm Little agreed, saying this would be a very big change for Nagambie.

"We must also bear in mind that VicRoads need to approve this recommendation," he said.

Cr Alistair Thomson said Council would need to evaluate the impact angle parking has had on Nagambie, particularly the inclusion of the bike lane, should VicRoads approve the change.

Mayor Amanda McClaren explained "that whilst this change may take a little getting used to, ultimately the creation of additional car spaces will benefit our businesses. With community involvement in the working group, I feel we have come to an outcome that is better balanced with the needs of the Nagambie community."

"We would like to thank all of the working group members for their contributions to this point and for those who made submissions into the process."

Council is ready to implement the design in stages – as soon as VicRoads approval can be obtained.





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