With the Government’s announcement of an upgrade to the Paradise interchange’s park ‘n’ ride facilities, John Darley MLC is calling for the government to rule out reintroducing the controversial car park tax to pay for it.
In December 2012 the Government announced the introduction of a new Transport Development Levy which was budgeted to raise $25.7m in it’s first year from 1 July 2014. At the time, the government indicated they would allocate $21.1m over two years for additional commuter car parking spaces.
However, the car park tax failed to pass the Upper House in 2014 due to concerns that the tax would damage the CBD. At the time, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis stated that the Paradise park ‘n’ ride would be the "first victim" of the car park tax’s defeat as the upgrade was to be funded by the new tax.
Yesterday, the Government announced that it would commit $18.9m for an addition 350 car parks at the Paradise park ‘n’ ride if they were re-elected to government.
John Darley says:
"The Government have not indicated how they will pay for this newly announced upgrade to the Paradise park ‘n’ ride. Given their history on this issue, they need to rule out reintroducing the car park tax to pay for the upgrades if they are re-elected."