Lake Macquarie Parking Strategy

Consultation has concluded

Car parking is a critical element of our transport system. People are more likely to visit our town centres if they know they can get a parking space, footpaths are provided and are well maintained, and there are regular bus services.

Getting parking right is an important step in the growth of our town centres. The Parking Strategy provides a long-term strategic plan for the management of parking and transportation across all nine centres. It aims to maximise the use of our existing parking spaces and guide decisions on parking now and in the future.

The Lake Macquarie Parking Strategy was adopted by Council on Tuesday 12 June 2018.

Car parking is a critical element of our transport system. People are more likely to visit our town centres if they know they can get a parking space, footpaths are provided and are well maintained, and there are regular bus services.

Getting parking right is an important step in the growth of our town centres. The Parking Strategy provides a long-term strategic plan for the management of parking and transportation across all nine centres. It aims to maximise the use of our existing parking spaces and guide decisions on parking now and in the future.

The Lake Macquarie Parking Strategy was adopted by Council on Tuesday 12 June 2018.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Parking on allambee place, Valentine is problematic during working hours for residents of the local area to access the shops, chemist or doctors. Angled parking on both sides of the road would increase capacity, or adding a time restriction to area would ensure that residents can continue to have easy access to the area. Perhaps 15 minutes waiting times for some prime spots could be used. The majority of parking is occupied by people working, blocking the access of residents wishing to access amenities.

    Andrewdeane asked almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. While the scope of the Parking Strategy does not include neighborhood centres such as Valentine, it's likely that the methodology once developed could be applied to these centres where parking demand exceeds supply.

  • Parking is still a problem in Cardiff. The main off street outside areas (Woolworths/Aldi) and the undercover area always seem to be full. I often wonder where the people actually are, though. Some local businesses use the car parks which I understand have time limits of 2 hours and 4 hours. Are these ever policed?

    Jimbo asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. Council officers have been undertaking parking surveys across the City to identify parking occupancy levels. The findings of the surveys will be released later this year.

  • How are shopping centres or any building allowed to be built without proper allocated car spaces for employees. I work at Charlestown square and I am forced to walk 10 minutes to work every morning because the operators of Charlestown Square charge the workers $3 a day to park and to make matters worse our council have put no parking signs in surrounding streets forcing us to pay the fee or walk miles. Why or how is this allowed to happen?

    Eladnara78 asked about 3 years ago

    Minimum parking requirements for development will be considered in detail in the next stage of the project.

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • Hi It is really hard to get a car park in Cardiff to go shopping. I would love to see more car parking made available Thanks

    margy asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. Additional parking supply will be considered as part of the later stages of the project.

  • Morisset parking situation is absolutely disgusting. There is by no, means enough parking for the people who live here now. There are a few estates being built in the area at the moment which will bring even more people with not enough parking or facilities to cater for everyone, I see a lot of arguments in the car parks now on a daily basis and getting worse.

    G.Gavin asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. Parking demand and supply issues specific to the Morisset town centre will be investigated in detail in the later stage of this project.

  • Please maintain minimum parking capacity around Lake Macquarie, this will encourage everyone to use there legs, perhaps we could increase the disabled parking numbers. There are lots of car parks availble in America, Please don't follow that example. Lets not forget its good to walk occasionally some say even regularly. Perhaps having to walk 100m to your destination after parking is not really all that terrible Australia.

    moveit asked about 3 years ago

    The public health and economic implications for additional parking supply will be investigated in detail as the project progresses.

    Thank you for your comments.

  • What is the future plan for Whitebridge? The current carpark plan is substandard, does not cater or handle the traffic and is at times quite dangerous. The entrance is right at the exit of a roundabout and during peak times traffic can file right back into the roundabout. On entering the parking area, there are shrubs etc which block the view for cars leaving the first few spaces. Cars continually parking in the loading zone. A crossing which has the northen end running straight into a car space! This is extremely dangerous as pedestrians do not change direction to walk to the west to continue on the crossing, then back to the shops. There have been many occasions where pedestrians have been nearly hit by cars leaving the parking spaces. This includes cars on Dudley Rd seeing pedestrians entering the crossing from the north as their view is obstructed. With the proposed development right next to the shopping area, it will only be a matter of time before there is a major incident resulting in serious injury. I did notice that this area is not marked on the Parking Strategy interactive mapping tool.

    Scott Henderson asked about 3 years ago

    Council has no specific plans for parking in Whitebridge at this stage of the project. Solutions for parking issues will be developed in conjunction with the community in the later stages of the project. This includes both enforcement of parking restrictions, and public safety issues.

    Thank you for your comments.


  • I am a resident of Margaret Street Cardiff, and have lived here for 13 years. Being close to the shops and train station means our street is always full. I have occasionally had issues with people parking right on, or across my drive way, but lately it has gotten worse. When I can't get my car out of the drive way because someone has tried to squeeze in and park, and block off my access, it is extremely annoying. Especially when I need to be going somewhere. Is there anything the Council can do to make residents lives easier? We did have white lines painted on the road to indicate a drive way, but they were done years ago and have faded now. As a rate payer, I shouldn't have to be watching who is parking on my street and potentially blocking me off all the time.

    cindidc asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The management of parking, including enforcement is a key component to this Parking Strategy. The specific issues surrounding the Cardiff train station will be investigated in detail in the later stages of the project.

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • Are there plans to improve the Toronto Town Square car park? It's often full/overflowing. A multi-storey car park may be required?

    Blueleader asked about 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The Toronto Town Square car park is privately owned. Council is unaware of any plans for the site. However, parking across the Toronto town centre is included within the scope of the project and will be investigated in detail.

  • It is hard to find a park at Warners Bay during the week at the back of the main road. Why has a private business allowed to take such a huge part of the carpark.

    sillick79 asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there

    We can appreciate some of the concerns in Warners Bay. Auscoal own about 45 per cent of the actual car park land on John Street, generally the main entrance lane and car parks south of this entrance.

    In 2015, Council adopted a plan for the area, which included a sunny public plaza with surrounding shops, cafes and apartments, improved walking and bike access to the town centre and foreshore, setback and height controls for future buildings, and car parking. You can read more about our plans here: http://haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/warnersbay

    Thanks, Kate

  • With parking at a premium in Toronto why has Council allowed a private developer to take over the car park at Goffet Park to store construction materials, cranes, etc - the car park is full from 7am often with clear areas barricaded off

    M asked over 3 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback. Construction of the new residential development at 94-96 Brighton Avenue Toronto requires the delivery of materials and the occasional pumped concrete pour. To avoid road closures during these times and to ensure the safety of workers, residents and visitors in the area, Council has licensed a section of the car park temporarily with conditions. Council continues to monitor the site to ensure compliance with the license conditions.


  • I couldn't find any reference to going to the Library anywhere. Cardiff is my local library and it's slightly more accessible now that it's moved. It's a great resource, I visit it often and try to do so when it may be easier to find a carpark undercover. Also now that the Cardiff footpath areas have been 'beautified' Main St looks cleaner and Harrison St really grubby and neglected.

    asked over 3 years ago

    Thanks for your positive feedback about the streetscape works in Cardiff. Council crews are currently finishing the streetscape beautification works along some sections of Harrison Street. We expect the last sections of footpath to be completed by the end of March.


  • There is a real problem in the Redhead Beach car park where Hoons gather at night and race around doing donuts and racing each other. The problem could be solved if speed humps were installed along each bay.

    Jir268 asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. We encourage you to make site specific comments using the interactive mapping tool. Parking in recreation areas such as Redhead Beach have been included in the scope of the Strategy, and will be investigated further in the following stages.


  • There is a parking problem in Redhead at the top of the beach car park on the corner of Beach Rd and Ebsworth st where there used to be double lines down the middle of the road and this prevented cars cutting the corner and causing potential accidents. When the road was re done the lines continuing past the corner into Ebsworth st were not replaced and cars now park on the side of the road to look at the beach and this causes cars to cross to the other side to get around. This could be alleviated with the continuing of middle road lines past the corner

    Jir268 asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. We encourage you to make site specific comments using the interactive mapping tool. Parking in recreation areas such as Redhead Beach have been included in the scope of the Strategy, and will be investigated further in the following stages.

  • I'd be interested in seeing an overall parking strategy, prior to any site specific plans. Does Council have any outcomes in mind? The Lake, I would imagine would require a different response than say, Newcastle East. Whatever, there are definitely too many cars trying to fit into too few spaces. i'm in favour of less cars rather than Multi-Storey carparks. To me Park and Rides, with rapid mass transport are effective solutions. Great to see that something has started.

    Dusty asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The Parking Strategy will set the strategic direction for parking across the whole City. Each town centre (or other identified area) is likely to require to individual parking management plans to identify site specific requirements. Demand management is likely to be a key factor in the following stages of the Strategy.

  • In the main street and side streets of Cardiff shopping centre there are no disabled parking areas for those with limited mobility who need to access main street businesses. I thought this problem would be addressed when the recent update took place but no disabled parking was catered for. The distance from disabled parking in the carpark (if ever you are lucky enough to find one empty) is too far from the main street for disabled to access. Is it possible to provide an area somewhere close to the post office?

    jburns asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. The provision and location of assessable parking will be considered as part of the following stages of the Strategy. For specific comments, we encourage you to use our interactive mapping tool. This allows Council to pin point the exact location of your concerns.

  • Where do you suggest workers at Toronto Park? All the parking out the back of Coles is now either 1 hour or 3 hours. You have no regard for workers in the area.

    Ljmshell asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. Parking for employees within our town centres is included within the scope of the Strategy. This location and mix of all-day parking will be investigated in detail in the next phases of the project. If you have any specific ideas or issues, we encourage you to use our interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you.

  • Wondering what is being done about the people speeding and drag racing through Macquarie Hills and Cardiffs Industrial Estate? I know nothing can be done on main roads but wondering if speed humps can possibly be put on the through roads like Exford Avenue, the street's already so narrow with cars parked on both sides and having people flying up or down that road has lead to some very close calls (not to mention the noise).

    Emma Rose asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. We encourage you to make specific comments using our interactive mapping tool. This will allow the team to pinpoint the issue, and refer it to the relevant areas for consideration.

    Thank you,

  • What is happening with the car parking around Arcadia Vale Public School? It is very dangerous following the road changes last year. Also, a petition was lodged in 2014 for the council to repair the damaged/washed away foot path and to address the fact that the children need to walk on the road as there is no footpath or curb and guttering. Will it take a serious injury before the issue is address?

    K asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. I encourage you to utilise our interactive mapping tool for your specific comments and the identification of transport issues.

    In regards to the petition, I will seek an answer from the relevant people and get back to you shortly.

    Thank you,

    Adam Ovenden

  • What is being done to crack down on able bodied people using disabled parking spots, both on public carparking areas and also in shopping centres. This issue was requested for action when I was a member of the Council yet remains a problem today

    lucina asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The provision and management of accessible parking is included within the scope of the Strategy, and will be investigated in detail in next stage of the project. If you have any specific suggestions or problem areas, we encourage you to use our interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you,

  • Parking around warners bay sucks! How can high rise development be approved without the proper parking available? Build it and they will park!

    yoga guru asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The provision of parking for development is included within the scope of the Parking Strategy. For site specific feedback, we encourage you to use our interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you,


  • There is a new Cafe/Bakery on Dobell Drive at Wangi Wangi. It sometimes become quite congested on Dobell Drive, when there are cars parked outside. I can foresee an accident soon, whether a car is hit, or a pedestrian. Maybe if that small Green Strip (a few houses east) was converted to a small car park?

    hbg asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. We encourage you to provide specific feedback and ideas through the interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you,

  • Parking is a real problem in all of our town centres. Multi level car parks seem to me to only solution to providing the necessary additional spaces. Either Council owned and operated or by private enterprise. We also need multi level car parks at each of our rail stations to encourage park and ride. Interchanges for rail, bus, taxi, and multi level car parking at Glendale would seem to be the way to go. An interchange for coach, bus, taxi, and multi level car park at Charlestown would also make better use of space.

    Baz asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The provision, location, and funding of additional parking structures will be investigated in detail in the later phases of the Parking Strategy.

    Thank you,

  • Publicly funded real-estate for the purposes of (temporarily) storing a private motor vehicle is a terribly inefficient use of council assets, unless a genuine benefit is returned to the community. It is also absolutely appropriate for the restriction of free parking, for able bodied drivers, as one tool in the suite that makes public transport, or active transport, cycling or walking, more attractive. For this to work the provision of active transport infrastructure also needs strong commitment. Does the council acknowledge the provision of more car parking opportunities usually delivers more road car congestion?

    Pierre asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The economic issues associated with parking are a key driver of the Parking Strategy. Council staff recognise the role parking plays in our local economy, congestion, and the implications for modal share. These issues will be discussed in detail in the following phases of the Strategy.

    Thank you,

  • Since Council has several car parks immediately adjoining the council chambers, why can't residents be given resident only zones, to stop council cars and council employees using up all the available parking? Can we also request lines delineating driveway be painted in the areas immediately surrounding the council chambers?

    abseil asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question. Residential parking permits and zones will be considered during the development of the Strategy. We encourage you to provide your feedback and ideas to improve parking across the City using our interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you,

  • What provisions will the Strategy Team come up with as regards having dedicated parking places for motorcyclists?

    Quisty57 asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The scope of the Parking Strategy includes parking for cars, motorbikes and bicycles. We are currently seeking feedback on your current parking experiences and ideas through our interactive mapping tool. Specific provisions will be developed in conjunction with a Community Reference Group in the later phases of the project.

    Thank you.

  • Lake Macquarie City Council does not do enough to enforce parking restrictions across the local government area. I commute through Charlestown and Belmont during peak periods, Monday to Friday, year round and almost every day of the week there are one or more vehicles parked in the clearway zone. The ignorance of these one or two drivers, restricts the free flow of traffic through Charlestown and Belmont, making the commute home longer for hundreds of drivers. Charlestown should have a full-time, dedicated ranger tasked with parking enforcement of the morning and afternoon clearways, and enforcement of the timed parking restrictions through the suburban streets outside clearway hours. Furthermore there are many parking signs that need to be maintained/ replaced/ updated right across the local government area. I would also like to see LMCC use yellow road markings in no stopping zones (like NCC) to make no stopping zones more prominent.

    matt_mm3 asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. The Strategy will look at the effectiveness of our management and enforcement principles and resourcing in the following phases of the Strategy. Your ideas will be incorporated into our community feedback report.

    Thank you.

  • The section of Pemell Street, Toronto, between Brighton Avenue and Excelsior Parade has become extremely congested since timed parking was introduced into the Coles parking area. Workers are now parking in Pemell Street causing problems with an already very narrow road. Perhaps timed parking should be introduced in Pemell Street in an attempt to alleviate the current problem.

    rjh asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. Review time restrictions will occur as part of this Strategy. I note that this issue has been identified on in our interactive mapping tool. We will investigate this area further as part of the development of the Strategy.

    Thank you.

  • Why so few disability parking spaces? With the bad pavements in Toronto it won't be long before some poor pedestrian comes a cropper, the disabled have less chance of keeping upright.

    fudge asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The number and accessibility of disability spaces have been raised as an issue for further discussion as the Strategy progresses. In regards to the pavement at Toronto, could you please identify the specific areas of concern using the interactive mapping tool? This will assist in forwarded the specific issue to the correct area of Council.

  • How can LMCC assist in making the public aware that half of the John Street carpark is owned by Mine Wealth + Wellbeing for their employees?

    BW asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question. I apologise for the delay in our response. The privately owned area of the John Street car park is well marked, and is clearly delineated from the public parking area. Being a privately owned area, Council has limited opportunities to control who uses the spaces. However, the Parking Strategy and the Warners Bay Parking Management Plan will clearly identify the site as private.

    Thank you,


  • Is the Parking sub-strategy inclusive of suburban streets? There has been a trend where people now do not use their garages for car parking, preferring to park multiple cars, boats and caravans on the road or footpath.This needs to be addressed as well as parking near commercial hubs. Is the parking strategy addressing workers requirements as well as those of shoppers/ visitors?

    edandann asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question. The scope of the Parking Strategy includes all forms of parking across the City. This includes parking on suburban streets, and the requirements for workers. If you have any specific comments we encourage you to use our interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you.



  • Interesting how you single this out as a parking strategy , I would have thought a thorough stratergy Concerning this would be named transport stratergy, involving a variety of transportation, cycling walking and public transport. implementation of these will minimise the need for parking and money. Similar to any modern city around the world we need to minimise the reliance on the car and use these social methods of transport to create a combined community rather then a community based in capsule's

    Tman asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. An Integrated Transport Strategy has been identified as an essential element in the development of the City's key strategic plan, Lifestyle 2050. The Parking Strategy is being developed in parallel to the Integrated Transport Strategy and Lifestyle 2050.

    If you have any specific ideas to improve transport outcomes in the City we would love to hear about them. The best method is to use our interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you.


  • Parking needs to be addressed as part of a wider transport strategy which includes much more regular public transport solutions. For example, in my suburb of Dudley there is only a single bus route which runs hourly. Optimally, my suburb and many other's in the 'Newcastle' portion of Lake Macquarie (as well as other centres) would have a rapid shuttle bus to a public transport hub at Charlestown of at least 4 times per hour from where other dedicated and express services would depart. Public transport usage in Lake Macquarie is so low because the service is substandard, not because people are unwilling to use it. Improve that, and spending vast amounts on parking stations and dealing with congestion will become unnecessary.

    danbowles asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. An Integrated Transport Strategy has been identified as an essential element in the development of the City's key strategic plan, Lifestyle 2050. The Parking Strategy is being developed in parallel to the Integrated Transport Strategy and Lifestyle 2050.

    If you have any specific ideas to improve transport outcomes in the City we would love to hear about them. The best method is to use our interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you.

  • With all the enormous housing growth happening in Cooranbong what's the plan to accomodate all the extra cars?

    Man About Town asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The demand for parking resulting from population growth is an issue that will be investigated as part of the Strategy. If you have any specific concerns with parking in the areas surround Cooranbong, we encourage you to provide feedback through our interactive mapping tool.

    Thank you.

  • Why don't new developments or extensions of existing developments have the requirement to provide parking. For example, at Toronto there are always cars related to people attending the Private Hospital parked in the streets around the hospital and along the side of the main road up the hill. The new nursing home will mean many more cars parked in the streets. I don't drive, but I am aware that friends who do have great difficulty finding a parking space in Toronto.

    Lizz asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. Under Council's Development Control Plan 2014, increases in the floor space of existing buildings requires additional car spaces to be provided. We encourage you to provide your feedback and ideas using our interactive mapping tool.

  • Is there a long term strategy in regard to parking in the Cardiff town centre.

    pscreen asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. The Cardiff town centre does not have parking strategy. A potential outcome from this project is the establishment of Parking Management and Infrastructure Plans for each individual town centre.

  • Why are vehicles allowed to park blocking the pram ramps in Redhead Beach car-park ???

    gazza asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. This issue has been referred to the Council Rangers for investigation. We encourage you to identify these issues using our interactive mapping tool.

  • Have you considered 'smart parking' providing information via mobile apps about parking facilities, availability, free spaces and guide people to spots where they can park? You could even allow people to book a parking spot. This could be done through partnerships with private companies, local businesses, etc. Electricity, streetlights, broadband (NBN) and WiFi infrastructure could be used to develop such a system. Paul Budde

    pbudde asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comment. While we do not want to pre-empt the final outcomes of the Parking Strategy, there are opportunities to improve parking in our City through the use of innovative smart technologies. Some of these technologies have been investigated as part of the Draft Lake Mac Smart City, Smart Council Digital Economy Strategy currently on public exhibition.





  • Why is parking not subsumed under a more general, and inclusive, framework for 'accessibility' which recognises the spatial and locational competition between cars, bicycles, pedestrians and public transport? Why does the Parking Strategy logo consist of just a car? Will the parking strategy recognise the reality that parking is just an end-of-trip facility which influences if and how such trips are made, being part of the overall 'hidden' public subsidy of car usage/ ownership? Will the parking strategy assess the impacts of parking options on city productivity ie. through-traffic and general circulation (hold-ups due to parking, unparking and manoeuvring), cyclist and pedestrian progress/ access/ safety, bus operations, and accessibility by people with disabilities etc.?

    Kavita asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your comments and questions. It would be great if you wanted to incorporate some of your comments into the interactive mapping tool and tell us where you see some of these cycling pedestrian and accessibility issues in your local area or in the wider city.

    thank you.

  • I can't find the surveys?

    KMason asked over 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question and interest in this project. The survey is actually embedded in the interactive mapping tool located here https://haveyoursaylakemac.mysocialpinpoint.com/parking#