Councillor Steve Holland, Mayor Despi O’Connor, Doug Bradbrook and Mathew McQuinn at Main Street, Mornington.
Mornington Peninsula Shire has begun trialling a new smart parking approach to decrease congestion in and around Mornington.
Around 100 in-ground sensors were installed throughout Mornington in late December and will be trialled for six months.
“The trial aims to make accessing Mornington easier and more convenient, while providing a better parking experience for both residents and tourists,” said Mayor and Briars Ward Councillor Despi O’Connor.
The sensors are located at Main Street (between Barkly Street and the Eastern Ring Road) and side streets: Queen Street, Vancouver Street, Barkly Street and Cromwell Street.
As you drive into Mornington along Main Street, an electronic sign will display how many parking spaces are available on Main Street (between Barkly Street and the Eastern Ring Road).
“Smart parking technology has been proven to significantly reduce the time it takes to find a parking space and reduce car emissions in other cities and townships,” said Briars Ward Councillor Anthony Marsh.
This is the second township to trail smart parking on the Peninsula. In January 2020, the Shire trailed similar technology in Rye.
“The trial will also help evaluate the parklets outdoor dining program, gain more insight on parking behaviours and management and assess the suitability of long-term smart parking technology in Mornington,” Briars Ward Councillor Steve Holland said.
Visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/smartparking to learn more about both projects.