Message from the CEO – Jeremy Irvine
Thank you to everyone who has made me so welcome as I’ve settled into the role as Parking Australia’s new CEO.
It’s been a busy, interesting, and productive few weeks, and I’ve particularly appreciated meeting, listening to and learning from members (whose support we greatly value) and key stakeholders.
I’m very much looking to meeting colleagues in Brisbane next week at our networking event. The panel’s thoughts on ‘finding a balance’ is an apt analogy for an industry which is focused on people, their needs, and the many associated challenges and opportunities that come with this.
What and who encompasses the sector was apparent as I prepared for my interviews for the role and is even more so now. One of my conversations with a member recently resonated with me. They said that unless you actively observe and acknowledge all the elements that constitute the ‘parking industry,’ you may not fully grasp its true extent and impressive nature. I thought this was very true (and in fact, my family has already grown accustomed to my newfound habit of noticing car parks and EV charging stations, for example, wherever we go). But more to the point, the sheer scope and breadth of this industry makes it special and unique.
At its core, an association is composed of individuals, and I’m already appreciating the opportunity to connect with many people and immersing myself in the various facets of the parking sector. Thank you to the numerous members and colleagues who have already generously offered their time to meet with me, online, taking my calls, or in person.
I hope you will find me genuinely interested in your work, your thoughts, and your experiences. My approach is positive, considered and anchored by a preference in consensus-building and collaboration. Having had valuable experience throughout my extensive career in politics and leading associations, I understand achieving policy change takes time, and that governments’ decisions are made based on what they deem best. Respected associations like Parking Australia comprehend these complexities and strive to offer constructive solutions, often (importantly) behind the scenes, working with colleagues to find a balance, and positively representing the entire range of members.
Thank you for the warm welcome. I look forward to working with you.
MAXIMISING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
To our existing members, a reminder that your PA membership allows you to include an UNLIMITED number of team members on your membership.
Please either email us at email@example.com or sign your team members up directly through your Parking Australia member login page to ensure your team receives the full suite of benefits, including member-only access to videos of our in-person networking events.
Plus, we’ve introduced our newest website features: a jobs board and member news sections. Share your job openings and noteworthy updates with the wider parking community.
OUTLOOK 2023 – EARLY BIRD EXTENDED
Due to it being such a busy time of year, we understand that it can be challenging to meet deadlines.
That’s why we have decided to extend the early bird registration deadline for OUTLOOK 23 to 31 August. Now you have more time to register at the lower rate, don’t miss out on this opportunity!
In addition to our ongoing and behind the scenes work with government, relevant associations, and key stakeholders, some areas of our engagement since our last edition have included, for example:
- Parking on private land matter (Queensland) – we continue to engage with government and key stakeholders on this matter. When the review opens we will be preparing a submission; members views will be sought as Parking Australia prepares our response.
- City of Sydney Electrification Strategy – Parking Australia provided input on how the parking community can assist the adoption of EV charging infrastructure for the City of Sydney.
- City of Melbourne Future Streets Framework 2030 and Beyond – consultations opened 2 August and close 11 October. We are engaging with the City of Melbourne on this. As always, if you’ve ideas or feedback on the framework please drop us a line.
- We have also had several discussions with local government bodies on EV charging.
We’re pleased to announce the following new members have joined us at Parking Australia:
- City of Subiaco
- International Parking Group
AND FINALLY THIS EDITION….
Without in any way diminishing the important work that goes on across the sector, going forward we’ll end each edition with something informative or entertaining that took our eyes (or ears) within the wider parking/transport world to take-away and consider as you may wish.
This edition it’s the Cars That Made Australia podcast with Tim Ross, produced by Nine Entertainment and the episode on the Holden Commodore. How did the Commodore come to be; and which car ‘zoom zoomed’ in to take its place as the top-selling car in Australia are covered. Engaging, interesting – and it took me back to my days as a child of the 80s growing up in outer suburban Melbourne.