Whilst no definite date has been announced yet, residents are now looking forward to the North Lakes Smart Parking project, which may launch early this year, following a recently concluded system trial.
Aided by a $450,000 grant from the Australian Government through its Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, Moreton Bay Regional Council’s $900,000 Smart Parking project aims to increase short-term parking opportunities within the North Lakes area.
The project involves installation of digital street signs indicating how many free parking spaces are available on a given street, as well as cameras which will be linked to a smartphone app specially developed for the project tol show real-time updates of available and occupied parking spaces.
Following a tender process which closed in December 2017, Moreton Bay Regional Council has awarded the project contract to Telstra.
Smart Parking Limited, Telstra’s project partner, has installed 358 in-ground sensors, along The Corso, Linkfield Drive, and Little Bourke Street, which are capable of monitoring and relaying current parking bay status.
This real-time information will be processed and data will be made available to operators at Moreton Bay City Council for parking analysis and planning.
Apart from helping ease congestion brought about by the introduction of paid parking at the Westfield Shopping Centre, the Smart Parking system is also expected to increase commercial activity in the North Lakes CBD and help Council reduce capital expenditure for additional parking spaces.
About Smart Cities and Suburbs
The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is a $50-million initiative of the Australian Government aimed at supporting innovative smart city projects which are geared towards improving the livability, sustainability, and productivity of Australian cities and towns.
Round One of the Program saw 49 projects from across all states and territories benefiting from a total of $27.7 million in funding. These projects will be co-funded by partners including local governments, research organisations, and the private sector.
Round two outcome had 32 projects getting over $21 million in total match funding, with grants ranging from $250,000 to $5 million.