Future Fuels and the Melbourne Congestion Levy
By Stuart Norman, CEO Parking Australia
On 5 February, the Federal Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, released the Future Fuels Strategy discussion paper to further reform the development of Australia’s future fuels. The key aspect for the parking industry is how, and where, the rollout of EV charging will be delivered. Car parks are the ideal location to install EV charging, especially for fleets and the general public.
Parking Australia will be making a submission with the view that car parks should be a real focus of the strategy, as motorists embrace alternatively fuelled vehicles in the future.
Parking Australia in Canberra
In February and March, Parking Australia had meetings with the Prime Minister’s office and the Treasury about a number of issues. The main two areas that have been discussed at length have been the Accredited Operator Scheme (AOS) and Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on parking. It is our view that the Federal Government could make decisions on these two issues which would result in better outcomes for the parking industry and the general public, while helping to stimulate economic activity. Further discussions are planned with the hope that parking will be included in the 2021 budget.
Parking Australia has moved PACE from late May to the 22-24 August. This decision was made with the view that this date would provide exhibitors, sponsors and delegates, with greater certainty to attend. The event will still be held in Adelaide and we are confident that given the current situation with the pandemic and with the vaccine rollout, we will have a successful PACE.
By moving the event back three months we will be able to hold the 2021 Parking Industry Awards at PACE. Parking Australia will be sending out more information about delegate registrations and the awards in the coming weeks.
So far, we’ve had great interest from members and non-members alike, looking to snap up exhibition booths and sponsorship opportunities. If you have not yet booked or expressed your interest in exhibiting or sponsoring, be sure to get in touch with us and we’ll send you the latest PACE prospectus.
Discounted airfare tickets to Adelaide
Last week the Federal Government announced 800,000 half-price airfares to get Australians travelling and supporting tourism operators. The list of destinations includes Adelaide, the venue for PACE 2021. This represents an ideal opportunity to book a discounted airfare for the conference and enjoy some time in Adelaide. The Tourism Aviation Network Support (TANS) program will run from April. Tickets need to be booked by 31 July for travel by 30 September 2021. A government fact sheet on the program is available to download here.
Infrastructure Victoria 30 year strategy
Infrastructure Victoria released their draft 30-year infrastructure strategy document which recommended an increase in the Melbourne Congestion Levy. The document suggested an increase in price and the area to which it applies. Parking Australia clearly opposes this, as the levy is inefficient and ineffective.
As such, Parking Australia made a submission expressing our concerns of this recommendation and questioned the evidence on which an increase could be based. It was also interesting to note that the report did not include anything about the use of smart parking technologies, the effect that on-street parking has on congestion, or the potential for air taxis to be flown on and off rooftop car parks.
In our view the document missed many opportunities to deliver projects and reform, which would have a real impact on Melbourne’s traffic network. Parking Australia was interviewed on this subject on radio and television and quoted in the newspaper. It will be interesting to see if Parking Australia’s views will be reflected in the final report to be handed down mid-year. The final submission can be viewed here.