Parking Australia Promotes Use of Car Parks for Events

Carpark bars and free transport are among a NSW state government plan to fast-track Covid recovery. Contact Stuart Norman, Parking Australia CEO for comments and partnerships around this supported proposal. 

With car parks in many places around the country still not anywhere near capacity, Parking Australia has been looking around the world for ideas on how to get people back using these key assets. In the USA, churches are holding their services in car parks and drive-in cinemas are showing sport on their big screens. 

Privately owned carparks will be the new frontline in the state government’s al fresco dining agenda, with regulations to be eased to allow hospitality businesses to serve drinks and meals in areas which had previously been deemed off limits.

It can be revealed that regulations allowing pubs, bars and restaurants to more easily serve patrons on footpaths and streets will be extended as part of the Perrottet government’s plan to cut red tape and fast-track the Covid recovery.

Venues with privately owned carparks will be able to use that area for food and drink service without going through complex council ­approvals, providing more outdoor space for patrons.

A range of other emergency measures will also be extended, allowing construction sites to operate on weekends until the end of March, and allowing 24-hour deliveries in industrial zones.

“Great cities are busy places, bringing thousands of people together for business, entertainment and hospital­ity,” Premier Dominic Perrottet said.

“Sydney has the perfect climate and we’re slashing red tape to allow the hospitality industry to make the best of that and bring business roaring back to life.”

Mr Perrottet will on Friday host the third Sydney CBD Summit, where senior ministers will chair roundtable discussions with leaders of business, hospitality and entertainment in a bid to recapture the energy of the city. Continue reading on the Herald Sun.

Parking Australia is open for expressions of interest, from groups and individuals, who would potentially like to use car parks to hold events. It is our view that these events could be held right across the country, in both private and publicly operated car parks, while we move to COVID-normal in the coming months and into next year. Contact us to express interest in this initiative. 

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