Glen Eira Multideck Car Parks

In 2019, Glen Eira City Council received part federal funding to develop two commuter car parks located in Elsternwick and Bentleigh as part of the Urban Congestion Fund. This triggered initial community engagement about the multi-level commuter car parks with the local community. This engagement was limited to information provision. It is understood the information and approach resulted in some negative feedback.

Since this initial engagement, Council has negotiated for the carparks to be fully funded by the federal government ($20 million dollars) and is now seeking to revisit the project with the community. Since the initial engagement, the location and design of both car parks has changed. Further to this, there has been considerable ongoing national media attention about the distribution of the Urban Congestion Fund.

In addition, Councillors have expressed an interest in engaging with the community on other congestion reducing initiatives which Council could apply for funding under the Urban Congestion Fund. As a result, Council has decided to re-engage the community, with the aim of better understanding the community’s and key stakeholder’s views around the acceptability of the funding, their views around the new locations proposed for car parking should the funding be accepted, and priorities for any possible new initiatives should further funding become available or advocacy opportunities arise.

How you get involved

  • Take the survey below. You must be a registered participant of this site to complete the survey. You can register for the site here. Please note, the survey tool is not supported by Internet Explorer. We recommend changing your browser to Google Chrome, Microsoft Egde or Safari to access and complete the survey.
  • Attend our online workshop on 16 November 2021, 6-7.30pm – Sign up via email below
  • Contact us via phone on 9524 3333 or via email projects@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Further information can be found in the FAQs, the Probity Report and in the Glen Eira Park and Ride Report.

This consultation will close on Friday 19 November 2021.

In 2019, Glen Eira City Council received part federal funding to develop two commuter car parks located in Elsternwick and Bentleigh as part of the Urban Congestion Fund. This triggered initial community engagement about the multi-level commuter car parks with the local community. This engagement was limited to information provision. It is understood the information and approach resulted in some negative feedback.

Since this initial engagement, Council has negotiated for the carparks to be fully funded by the federal government ($20 million dollars) and is now seeking to revisit the project with the community. Since the initial engagement, the location and design of both car parks has changed. Further to this, there has been considerable ongoing national media attention about the distribution of the Urban Congestion Fund.

In addition, Councillors have expressed an interest in engaging with the community on other congestion reducing initiatives which Council could apply for funding under the Urban Congestion Fund. As a result, Council has decided to re-engage the community, with the aim of better understanding the community’s and key stakeholder’s views around the acceptability of the funding, their views around the new locations proposed for car parking should the funding be accepted, and priorities for any possible new initiatives should further funding become available or advocacy opportunities arise.

How you get involved

  • Take the survey below. You must be a registered participant of this site to complete the survey. You can register for the site here. Please note, the survey tool is not supported by Internet Explorer. We recommend changing your browser to Google Chrome, Microsoft Egde or Safari to access and complete the survey.
  • Attend our online workshop on 16 November 2021, 6-7.30pm – Sign up via email below
  • Contact us via phone on 9524 3333 or via email projects@gleneira.vic.gov.au

Further information can be found in the FAQs, the Probity Report and in the Glen Eira Park and Ride Report.

This consultation will close on Friday 19 November 2021.

  • The Government is investing around $4 billion through the Urban Congestion Fund, to reduce congestion in urban areas. Funding supports upgrades to the urban road network to reduce congestion and ensure commuters get home sooner and safer by:

    • reducing travel times;
    • reducing vehicle operating costs;
    • delivering a more reliable road network for commuters and freight; and
    • addressing local bottlenecks.

    A $660 million Commuter Car Park Fund has been established within the Urban Congestion Fund to invest in commuter car park upgrades that encourage greater use of public transport by increasing car park spaces next to train stations. Glen Eira City Council has been offered $20 million by the federal government to be used to deliver projects under the Urban Congestion Fund. To receive the funding, Council must use it for its original purpose which is to design and construct car parking in Elsternwick and Bentleigh near train stations.

    This funding stream has been the subject of an Auditor-General’s report and a Senate Inquiry.

    The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) –headed by the Commonwealth Government’s Auditor-General reporting to the Australian Parliament –released an Audit Report titled ‘Administration of Commuter Car Park Projects within the Urban Congestion Fund’(dated 28 June 2021). The Auditor-General’s Audit Report focused on the manner in which the Department administered the grant funding program for commuter car parks under the Urban Congestion Fund. The Audit Report highlighted a number of concerns about the granting process, focusing on how the Department identified and selected projects for grant funding from the Urban Congestion Fund.

    The audit report into the federal government’s allocation of the funding shows a significant amount of funding allocated to Coalition-held or targeted seats in the lead up to the 2019 Federal election.

    Council also understands that the ‘Administration and expenditure of funding under the Urban Congestion Fund (UFC) has been referred to a Senate inquiry. The outcomes will be made available on 2 December 2021.

    Given the Auditor General’s Report, Glen Eira City Council also commissioned an independent probity report. This reviewed any probity risks associated with utilising the grant money allocated from the Commonwealth Government’s Urban Congestion Fund, for the delivery of two car park projects. The probity report concluded that with proper risk mitigations in place, Council should proceed with conducting community engagement to inform the decision-making about progressing (or not progressing) the car park projects. This report can be found here.

    Glen Eira City Council also commissioned an independent report by Veitch Lister Consulting, regarding the evidence of the effectiveness for urban “congestion busting” measures such as commuter car parks, buses and protected bike paths in cities like Glen Eira.

    The report’s findings note that Glen Eira’s road network is mature and that current public transport options compare well with much of Melbourne. While some of the measures discussed could make modest impacts on congestion, some measures already form part of Council’s thinking as demonstrated in the Glen Eira Strategic Transport Plan.

    Enhancing walkability and cycling facilities in Glen Eira are less likely to have a significant impact on reducing car usage, particularly in the south east of Glen Eira where walkability is low. However, the continued pursuit of these improvements was considered important to the liveability of Glen Eira.

    The report highlights that there is no easy remedy to solving congestion in the short to medium term within Glen Eira. Measures such as the use of smarter technology and prioritising on-road public transport already form part of Council’s plans. Other measures that focus on active transport are desirable from a liveability perspective but are unlikely to have an impact on congestion.

    The report findings provide useful information on the analysis of congestion busting measures within Glen Eira and will be helpful to community members as they consider their feedback during the proposed community engagement phase. Based on the findings and feedback, there may be merit in undertaking further feasibility analysis into the multi-level commuter car parks at Bentleigh and Elsternwick. This report can be found here.

    Initially, the federal government offered Council funding on the condition it would be matched. However, the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Council’s budget and our initial plans were postponed. In early 2021, Glen Eira City Council successfully lobbied for the Commonwealth to cover the entire cost of two smaller projects.

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