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EasyMile’s EZ10 electric driverless shuttle launches in Kaohsiung city

EasyMile’s EZ10 electric driverless shuttle launches in Kaohsiung city

On 7 June 2017 EasyMile and Taiwan’s tech consulting firm, 7Starlake, officially launched the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle at a press conference in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city. Kaohsiung city mayor, Chen Chu, also participated in the launch and took a test ride in the EZ10 driverless shuttle.

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City of Hamilton set to unveil the deployment of bay sensor technology

City of Hamilton set to unveil the deployment of bay sensor technology

Working in partnership with Arthur D. Riley Ltd, Smart Parking, the global parking technology company has won a contract for the supply and maintenance of bay sensor technology for approximately 945 parking bays in the City of Hamilton.

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Auckland Airport selects ADVAM to provide contactless payments

Auckland Airport selects ADVAM to provide contactless payments

Auckland Airport has worked with ADVAM for some time providing an automated solution for the Ground Transport service. With this solution in place, the focus moved to passenger parking and how the experience could be improved for its customers.

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Scott Dubois Appointed VP for Product Management at Park Assist

Scott Dubois Appointed VP for Product Management at Park Assist

Scott Dubois, formerly General Manager of Park Assist’s Asia Pacific Branch has been appointed to the new role of Vice President of Product Management, effective July 1, 2017.

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Curtin University introduces driverless bus service

Curtin University introduces driverless bus service

Curtin University is the first Australian university to trial a commercial driverless bus. This trial will contribute to the growing field of research in automated driving technology.

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Christchurch’s King Edward Barracks Deploys Smart Parking Technology

Christchurch’s King Edward Barracks Deploys Smart Parking Technology

In partnership with Wilson Parking, Smart Parking has deployed overhead guidance technology at the innovative Ngāi Tahu Property development in central Christchurch.

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Luxmoore Parking Rebrands to ARRB Parking

Luxmoore Parking Rebrands to ARRB Parking

Luxmoore Parking and Safety was established as a specialist division of the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), to cater to the demand for independent specialist parking consultancy services. After 15 years in operation, its reputation for excellence remains, and has led to its recognition as the market leader for independent parking expertise.

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Designa Sabar Becomes Designa Australia

Designa Sabar Becomes Designa Australia

As of 1 March 2017 DESIGNA Sabar has been renamed to DESIGNA Australia. The name change reflects the fact that the company is now a fully owned subsidiary of DESIGNA Germany and the name has been changed to be consistent with all other subsidiaries worldwide.

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EasyMile announces partnership with Allianz

EasyMile announces partnership with Allianz

EasyMile and Allianz Worldwide Partners have signed an International Framework Agreement to establish insurance solutions for EasyMile’s shared driverless transportation projects as of 1 January 2017.

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Commend Australia contributes to set-up of Scentre’s NOC

Commend Australia contributes to set-up of Scentre’s NOC

With 40 Shopping Centres spread across Australia and New Zealand, Scentre Group saw an opportunity to centralise their car park operations by establishing a National Operations Centre (NOC) to deliver a consistently high customer service experience across their car parks. The NOC required a consolidated high availability solution to connect their disparate site technologies and support their operators.

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University of Texas Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart-Sensor Parking Guidance System

University of Texas Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart-Sensor Parking Guidance System

Park Assist has been awarded the Parking Guidance System(PGS) contract for the University of Texas at Dallas in the new PS4 campus garage at Richardson, TX in the US. Park Assist will be installing its proprietary M4 camera-based smart sensor PGS. The system will be used in conjunction with the university’s permit based system.

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New AEDs offer wireless connectivity for easier device management

New AEDs offer wireless connectivity for easier device management

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) can happen to anyone—anywhere. Immediate treatment is vital. A victim’s chance of survival dramatically decreases for every minute without treatment. That’s why public access defibrillators are so important. But AEDs are effective only if they are close at hand and ready to work.

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EZ10 starts operations at Darwin Waterfront

EZ10 starts operations at Darwin Waterfront

On 15 February this year the EZ10 driverless shuttle has began transporting passengers between Indo Pacific Marine and Stokes Hill Wharf daily, at Darwin Waterfront, Australia.

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AED sales contribute $1000 to road safety charity SARAH

AED sales contribute $1000 to road safety charity SARAH

A partnership between Parking Australia and Physio-Control, to promote the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in car parks, has funded a $1000 donation to Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH). Guy Leech, official ambassador for Physio Control, presented the cheque to SARAH’s President, Peter Frazer at the recent Sydney Insight Forum.

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DESIGNA Awarded Contract with Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

DESIGNA Awarded Contract with Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Late last year the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) awarded a contract to DESIGNA Access Corporation to install new vehicular parking and access control systems at four Airports under their jurisdiction.

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Nedap’s SENSIT installed at Belgium’s biggest port

Nedap’s SENSIT installed at Belgium’s biggest port

With the installation of the Nedap’s SENSIT system, drivers now know exactly how many parking spaces there are available when they arrive at the Port of Antwerp’s Havenhuis parking facility.

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Alstom to invest €14 million in EasyMile

Alstom to invest €14 million in EasyMile

Alstom is investing €14 million, and thus taking a minority stake, in EasyMile, an innovative start-up company developing the EZ10 electric driverless shuttle. The investment forms part of the start-up’s ongoing capital increase. In parallel, Alstom and EasyMile have signed a commercial partnership agreement aiming at joining their forces to provide integrated solutions for urban transportation. Alstom will be present at EasyMile’s board. 

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Canberra farewells last of single-space parking meters

Canberra farewells last of single-space parking meters

First used in the 1970s when parking cost 20c an hour, Canberra’s single-space meters have made way for smarter, faster parking systems.

In a ceremonial removal of the last old-school parking meter, Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said the parking meters served the growing city well for more than 40 years.

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Care Park launches into the UK

Care Park launches into the UK

$30 million spent on 3 car parks in UK and Australia to bring property portfolio to $200 million

Care Park has started 2017 with the expansion of its car parking portfolio into the UK with the purchase of a 1500 car park property in Manchester, as well as its first property purchase in New South Wales and a third property adding to its growing Victorian portfolio.

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Launch of EZ10 trial at Darwin Waterfront

Launch of EZ10 trial at Darwin Waterfront

The Northern Territory Government has launched a six-month trial deployment of the EZ10 driverless shuttle at Darwin Waterfront commencing early this year.

The deployment will see the EZ10 driverless shuttle transporting visitors from the Waterfront precinct to Stokes Hill Wharf on a repeat loop.

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Park Assist Opens Los Angeles Office

Park Assist Opens Los Angeles Office

Park Assist has announced the opening of a new regional office in Los Angeles, California. Due to increased demand and interest in Park Assist’s patent pending, camera-based parking guidance systems, the company has opened a new operation in Southern California.

The Los Angeles office will be in Silicon Beach, the growing epicenter of technology and innovation. Park Assist will be directly across from Facebook’s newest campus which is currently under construction.

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Parking Australia Hosts Delegation from Japan Parking Business Association

Parking Australia Hosts Delegation from Japan Parking Business Association

During late November Parking Australia hosted a delegation from Japan’s Ministry of Land, infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) and the General Incorporated Japan Parking Business Association (JPB), who sent a research group to Australia to study transport and parking strategies including parking facilities.

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ADVAM and IDeaS Revenue Solutions announce a joint partnership

ADVAM and IDeaS Revenue Solutions announce a joint partnership

ADVAM and IDeaS Revenue Solutions partnership combines powerful reservation platform with analytics and pricing technology

ADVAM and IDeaS Revenue Solutions announce a joint partnership that enables their clients to leverage the ADVAM AltitudeReservation platform and the IDeaS Car Park Revenue Management solution (RMS) to maximise revenue through next generation analytics and proven price optimisation technology.

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PriPark Adopts Accredited Operator Scheme

PriPark Adopts Accredited Operator Scheme

Parking Australia has today announced Pripark (QLD) Pty Ltd, an Australian owned parking management and services provider, has adopted and are being audited on the code of practice put forward by the Accredited Operator Scheme (AOS).

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Winners Announced for National Parking Industry Awards

Winners Announced for National Parking Industry Awards

Parking Australia, the national association for the Parking Industry, has today announced the winners for the Parking Industry Awards, which were held at the Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition (PACE) on 10th November 2016 in Perth.

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New Director Appointed to the Board

New Director Appointed to the Board

During this year’s Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition, Parking Australia also held its Annual General Meeting of the company where two directors were elected to the board.

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Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition Comes to a Close

Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition Comes to a Close

Today marks the close of the Parking Australia Convention and Exhibition (PACE) 2016, which saw over 300 industry professionals attend the two-day event at Crown Perth. This year marked the 15th biennial convention and exhibition and coincided with Parking Australia’s 30th anniversary.

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Parking Operators Adopt Accredited Operator Scheme

Parking Operators Adopt Accredited Operator Scheme

Parking Australia, the national association for the parking industry, has announced ACE Parking, Care Park, Secure Parking and Wilson Parking have adopted, and are being audited on, the code of practice put forward by the Accredited Operator Scheme (AOS). On 4th November, Secure Parking was the first private operator to be awarded Accredited Operator status, with the rest likely to follow close behind.

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$10m innovation fund announced in South Australia

$10m innovation fund announced in South Australia

The Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative’s core partner, the SA Government has announced some exciting news of a $10m investment in research, development, demonstration, and deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

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Finalists Announced for National Parking Industry Awards

Finalists Announced for National Parking Industry Awards

Parking Australia has today announced the finalists for the Parking Industry Awards, which are to be held at the Parking Australia Convention & Exhibition (PACE) on 10th November 2016 in Perth.

Now in its second year, the prestigious Parking Industry Awards celebrates the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations for excellence, outstanding facilities and innovation throughout the parking sector.

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La Trobe University selects CellOPark for Convenient Ticketless Parking

La Trobe University selects CellOPark for Convenient Ticketless Parking

La Trobe University has rolled out an innovative new app, web and phone based solution to manage parking payments and virtual permits, streamlining the parking process across its eight campuses.

The new CellOPark system replaces the previous student permit parking system which was manual, paper-based, and inflexible.  With CellOPark, Students and staff will no longer need to search for parking meters, exact change or lost tickets. Furthermore, motorists only ever pay for the exact parking time they require, helping to avoid needlessly overfeeding the meter.

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EasyMile & RATP conducts first test of EZ10 in Paris

EasyMile & RATP conducts first test of EZ10 in Paris

EasyMile and RATP, the transport authority for the Paris region in France, carried out the first test of an EZ10 driverless shuttle in Paris on the 24 September 2016.

During the test, the EZ10 driverless shuttle operated on a closed route on a pedestrianised street, along the bank of River Seine.

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Stockland Baulkham Hills goes live with Smart Parking technology

Stockland Baulkham Hills goes live with Smart Parking technology

The management team at Stockland Baulkham Hills Shopping Centre in NSW has turned to Smart Parking to improve the customer experience of parking by deploying overhead parking guidance SmartGuide – a solution that detects the occupancy status of every parking space within the centre’s car park.

As a local neighbourhood shopping centre with over 80 stores and amenities, Stockland Baulkham Hills has on average 68,000 visitors a week with 6,000 of those using the car park facilities each day.

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Car Park Squatters could put 1 in 4 of Retailers out of Business

Car Park Squatters could put 1 in 4 of Retailers out of Business

A study by national parking association, Parking Australia, has found ‘car park squatters’ – who hog private spaces intended for genuine customers – are potentially putting 1 in 4 retailers at risk of going out of business.

Almost all (90%) of retailers that provide private parking agree that some motorists are using the facilities for purposes other than doing business, with 83 per cent saying it’s having a financial impact.

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Wellington embraces Smart Parking technology

Wellington embraces Smart Parking technology

Following a successful trial in early 2015, August 2016 saw Wellington City Council go live with Smart Parking’s SmartPark solution, and parking payment app PayMyPark.

The deployment includes a network of over 3,800 RFID equipped SmartEye vehicle detection sensors which register whether each parking bay is occupied or vacant.

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Secure Parking ensures safer car parks in the event of sudden cardiac arrest

Secure Parking ensures safer car parks in the event of sudden cardiac arrest

In Australia, around 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest each year and on average only 10% of these people survive.  In most cases, these people survived because there was some-one nearby who knew how to help in these situations. The chances of surviving a sudden-cardiac arrest would increase to 50% if there was close access to an Automated External Defibrillator.

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INSAR Mexico Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart-Sensor System

INSAR Mexico Chooses Park Assist’s M4 Smart-Sensor System

Park Assist is installing their M4 camera based, smart-sensor parking guidance system at Avanta Gardens in Monterrey, Mexico. Avanta Gardens is a new high-end, mixed-use development with retail and office space located in the upscale neighborhood of San Pedro Garza Garcia.

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Melbourne’s intelligent transport contributes to most liveable city title

Melbourne’s intelligent transport contributes to most liveable city title

Melbourne’s perfect 100 out of 100 score for infrastructure has helped drive Melbourne’s reputation as the world’s most liveable city. The Victorian capital has now been awarded the title for a sixth successive year.

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Duncan Solutions undergoes brand refresh

Duncan Solutions undergoes brand refresh

Having been in operation for over 80 years, Duncan Solutions has built up an enviable reputation. Though best known as an innovative parking meter company, the truth is, the Duncan Solutions of today is a cutting-edge, forward-thinking business dedicated to making Australia and New Zealand’s cities smarter. Their Parking Enterprise Management System (PEMS) is at the frontier of integrated smart city solutions – and it’s the thinking behind this innovation that inspired the brand refresh.     

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Women & Leadership Australia launch Executive Ready Program

Women & Leadership Australia launch Executive Ready Program

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has launched a new flagship program designed to develop mid to senior level women and prepare them for advancement into executive leadership. A national scholarship initiative will be administered by WLA to support this launch.

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Wellington City Council & Smart Parking finalists in Smart City Asia Pacific Awards

Wellington City Council & Smart Parking finalists in Smart City Asia Pacific Awards

IDC has identified the top technologically-advanced cities in the APAC region with it’s 2016 Smart City Asia Pacific Awards. Wellington City Council in partnership with Smart Parking Limited have been nominated for the Best Smart City Project in the area of Permitting, Licensing, Inspection & Zoning for the city’s upcoming deployment of bay sensor technology.

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Care Park appointed to manage Lismore Base Hospital’s new multi-storey

Care Park appointed to manage Lismore Base Hospital’s new multi-storey

Care Park has been appointed as manager of hospital parking services at Lismore Base Hospital. The hospital opened a new multi-storey car park at the beginning of July, which was developed by NSW Health, to provide an additional 270 car park spaces at the hospital.  The $9.27 million project is a New South Wales Health infrastructure project.

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Sensors set to improve parking in Sydney’s Mosman

Sensors set to improve parking in Sydney’s Mosman

Located just 8kms from the CBD over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Mosman is one of Sydney’s grandest suburbs. Looking for a way to improve the parking experience for motorists, Mosman Council have begun work with Smart Parking Limited in installing bay sensor technology, which is already being used by a number of other Sydney councils, in off-street and on-street locations across the precinct that will help motorists find a parking space quickly and conveniently.

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‘Appification’ key trend in parking

‘Appification’ key trend in parking

Parking Australia recently undertook a short members’ poll on the type of innovations that are currently trending in our industry. We asked our members if they had adopted any new technologies, products or concepts in the last 12 months. 58% responded positively to confirm they had, with 64% intending to introduce a new concept, product or service in the next 12 months.

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Belgrade gets smart with Nedap for 3,500 on-street parking spaces

Belgrade gets smart with Nedap for 3,500 on-street parking spaces

Belgrade, capital city of Serbia, has introduced an innovative solution to enable motorists to quickly find a free parking spot. Nedap is selected by the public utility company Parking Servis for its SENSIT system.

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ADVI Summit Comes to Adelaide

ADVI Summit Comes to Adelaide

Over 100 Australian and international delegates gathered for the ADVI Annual summit in Adelaide on 12 May. Participants attended from a range of sectors including vehicle manufacturers, the defence sector, government, technology industry and academia. Parking Australia Director, Sharon Prior, attended on behalf of the association.

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Have your say on Australia’s smart cities

Have your say on Australia’s smart cities

At the end of April 2016 the Australian Government launched its Smart Cities Plan. The Plan sets out the Australian Government’s vision for our cities, and our plan for maximising their potential and building an agile, innovative and prosperous nation.

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Research Scholarship in Low Carbon Mobility available

Research Scholarship in Low Carbon Mobility available

A research scholarship (Masters Level) is available at Swinburne University of Technology on the topic of Low Carbon Mobility – Greening Suburban Travel. The scholarship is part of a recent research grant awarded from the CRC for Low Carbon Living.

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Brisbane eases parking woes with CelloPark payment app

Brisbane eases parking woes with CelloPark payment app

An innovative new smartphone app from CellOPark was rolled out across Brisbane during April which allows motorists to pay for on-street parking throughout the city using their Smartphones.

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Smart parking technology begins rollout in Canberra

Smart parking technology begins rollout in Canberra

Today the ACT Government, in partnership with parking technology firm Smart Parking Limited, launched SmartPark, the real-time bay sensor parking solution alongside the new ParkCBR app designed to make finding and paying for parking even easier in the capital.

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Colleagues Nagels Launches in Australia

Colleagues Nagels Launches in Australia

1 May sees the launch of a new parking ticket manufacturer into Australia. German ticketing giant Nagels has formed a Joint Venture with Western Australian based Colleagues Print. This joint venture will manage the sales, marketing and customer services operations for two manufacturing plants based in Kempen Germany and Perth Australia.

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Next generation banknotes to be issued from 1 September

Next generation banknotes to be issued from 1 September

The Reserve Bank has announced that the first of Australia’s next generation of banknotes, the new $5, will be issued from 1 September 2016. Security features will be upgraded to ensure Australia’s banknotes remain secure into the future and designs will change accordingly to accommodate the new security features. A new tactile feature will also be added to assist the vision-impaired community.

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Park Assist Awarded FlinQ Solution for Scentre Group’s National Operations Centre

Park Assist Awarded FlinQ Solution for Scentre Group’s National Operations Centre

Park Assist has been awarded the contract to deliver the FlinQ Solution for Scentre Group’s Car Park National Operations Centre. With 40 Shopping Centres spread across Australia and New Zealand, Scentre Group saw an opportunity to centralize their car park operations to deliver a consistently high customer service experience across their car parks.

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Smart Parking expands into intelligents docks for smart supply chains

Smart Parking expands into intelligents docks for smart supply chains

Smart Parking Limited in partnership with Transport for New South Wales, the City of Sydney and Bestrane Pty Ltd has unveiled new technology to help supply chains operate in a more efficient manner.

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Parking Australia Members Protect the Heart of the Community

Parking Australia Members Protect the Heart of the Community

Parking Australia, the national body representing the interests of the parking industry in Australia, are pleased to announce a new strategic partnership with Physio-Control, the world leader in the development, manufacture, sale and service of external defibrillator/monitors.

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Women’s leadership grants available for all industry sectors

Women’s leadership grants available for all industry sectors

The National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative has provisioned $250,000 in funding for the development of women in leadership positions from early career through to senior level in the All Industry sector.

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UbiPark Secures City of Melbourne Business Grant

UbiPark Secures City of Melbourne Business Grant

UbiPark co-founders Bryan Goudsblom and Mosstyn Howell are among the latest recipients of the City of Melbourne’s Small Business Grants.

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New Directors Join Parking Australia Board

New Directors Join Parking Australia Board

Parking Australia, the national body representing the interests of the parking industry in Australia, last week elected four directors, (two are new to the Board) at the Annual General Meeting of the Company.

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Bike Lanes and Residential Development Waivers Lead to Parking Shortage in Melbourne

Bike Lanes and Residential Development Waivers Lead to Parking Shortage in Melbourne

City of Melbourne’s introduction of more dedicated bike lanes and parking waivers for new residential developments is causing a significant shortfall in Melbourne CBD parking. Due to this, inner-city residents are turning to online car parking marketplace, Parkhound, to satisfy their parking needs.

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