Looking Ahead to PACE 2021
By Stuart Norman, CEO Parking Australia
Parking Australia are becoming increasingly confident that PACE 2021 will go ahead in Adelaide on May 23-25. Given the uncertainty posed by the pandemic earlier in the year, PA decided to reschedule our booking of the Adelaide Convention Centre to assess the situation and ensure the event could go ahead.
As it currently stands, it looks as if many state borders will reopen before the end of the year and interstate travel will recommence. While running the event will rely on the virus being contained, it is looking more and more likely that the event will be able to go ahead in a Covid-Safe manner.
PA would have usually opened bookings for PACE by now, but we have been mindful of the effects of the pandemic on members and the industry as a whole. With these factors in mind, and a continuing assessment of the nation’s ability to contain the virus, we will look to promote PACE before the end of the year.
At this stage, we encourage you to set the dates in your calendar and if you’d like to express interest in exhibiting, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking Australia Board Nominations
Nominations for the Parking Australia Board close on Monday 9 November 5pm AEDT. This year there are three board members up for re-election. Paul Sidwell (Wilson Parking), James English (ACE Parking) and Wayne Bryant (QUT).
If you, or a member of your team, are interested in standing for the board and would like to have a confidential discussion about the process and what the role entails, please feel free to contact me.
Council elections have been held in both Western Australia and Victoria. While the result of the elections has not been finalised in Victoria, counting has concluded in WA. This year PA made a concerted effort to raise the issue of parking with candidates running for the Lord Mayoral positions, in both Perth and Melbourne.
Parking Australia would like to congratulate Basil Zempilas for being elected Lord Mayor of Perth and look forward to working with both him and the newly elected councillors. Parking in Perth has been a contentious issue, with the McGowan Government refusing to provide relief from the Perth Parking Space Levy.
Counting continues in Victoria, with the Melbourne Lord Mayor – Sally Capp, looking like she will be re-elected to the position. Parking Australia looks forward to working with the newly elected councillors, as parking reform is high on the agenda for both state capital councils.