If Manningham is genuinely concerned about relieving the pressure on the 400  parking spaces available at the Park and Ride facility, which also caters for City bound commuters from neighbouring Boroondara area, it must provide alternative areas for long stay parking. One method could be to allow long stay parking in side streets adjacent to the Doncaster Road Bus route such as what is currently being extended to construction vehicles associated with apartment development.

All Day Side Street Parking for Construction Vehicles                                                             Photo J. Stanford

A multi deck car park at Park and Ride needs to be erected as soon as possible especially if a future rail line is to be


constructed along the freeway centre strip. An early plan for two “communal” parking stations to be built on Doncaster Hill might have eased the burden on Park and Ride.

Park & Ride at Capacity            Click to enlarge

Studies had shown there was a need to provide at least two satellite parking stations on Doncaster Hill to cater for visitors to the area in addition to Bus commuters, shoppers and to accommodate parking overspill from high rise developments encroaching into residential streets. Unfortunately the plan for the two extra parking stations was shelved due to the high cost of procuring the land and the difficulty for council in finding an operator.

Doncaster Park and Ride               Click to enlarge

The introduction of parking fees by Westfield was accepted as a way of deterring bus passengers from using the shopping centre as a “park and ride”.  Council should have know of this plan ahead of time when it was claiming in answers to questions about parking that there was extensive free parking available at both Westfield and the Civic Centre.

While council’s expressed overall aim for Doncaster Hill is to encourage the use of public transport and discourage the reliance on private cars, the amount of off-street long-stay parking is virtually non existent. One suggestion by a Manningham consultant was  “The discouragement of car ownership is also important and can be achieved by reminding owners of the real cost of owning a car”.

After years council bureaucrats using spin, “independent” experts appear to have also manipulated data to confuse and distract councillors, to the extent that there is an urgent need for public debate about the appalling lack of transparency in Manningham’s so-called planned input into past the parking surveys. One example of this was the continual referral to privately owned land on the corner of Whittens Lane and Doncaster Road as an area of public unresticted off street parking.


  1. Lady Major says:

    I always thought that our highly paid Council executives were sincere when they promised to provide adequate parking on Doncaster Hill. Over the years there have been concerns about the veracity of these undertakings given the growing shortage of car parking. In order to hose down community concerns they would announce they were conducting another parking study which would take about 18 months to be completed. All that would happen is that a favorable outcome to pacify the community would be decided upon and the contents of the “study” would then be made to fit.

    1. Selena says:

      It is about time consultants were made accountable as Valuers are today after the lessons learned from the disastrous Bond and Skase collapses of the eighties. Had the right people been involved with the planning of Melbourne 20/30, Doncaster Hill could never have been the debacle it is today. Cronyism has been another problem area where newly established consultancy firms, associated with ex-employees of state or local governing bodies, are often preferred to cheaper and more reputable companies.

  2. Mohawk says:

    Doncaster residents have been remarkably patient with Manningham executives though they have had every right not to be. The hopeless parking situation we have now is the result of dodgy reports and bias conclusions from their “experts” who don’t live in the area and would never survive if they were subject to the rigorous standards of private enterprise. How many of these 400 spaces “under frantic demand” at Park and Ride are actually available for Doncaster residents if they have to share them with Greythorn residents? Why can’t residents share the long stay parking with employees of Manningham available in the council car park?

  3. John P says:

    I agree with former Councillor Steven O’Brien, if you don’t like living here, MOVE!

    1. Lukemarie says:

      That statement was one of the reasons why he is now an EX-Councillor.

  4. John says:

    Due to the extra height of buildings allowed with new government regulations it is expected thet the total population of Doncaster Hill and its surrounding growth zones Doncaster could almost double previous estimates. This will result in a huge increase in car ownership, not only a right, but a necessity to access employment and the majority of essential services located outside Manningham.

  5. Jubillee says:

    You would think by having a major shopping centre within walking distance of the high rise developments it would reduce car use and take the pressure off parking but that is not the case. The majority are “one stop” car boot shoppers which is why you see very few people walking to the centre. There are a few who will walk, weather permitting, to the centre and shop as you can see by discarded shopping trolleys here and there. Another plan to limit car use was to build a security cage at the park and ride for cyclists to store their bikes before catching the bus to the city but this has proved ineffective and hardly used due to the steep gradients and the lack of safe bicycle paths.

  6. Memories says:

    Doncaster is not an ideal area for cycling, I must admit, but that is not an excuse for young people not to ride a bicycle to work. My father rode 40 kilometers on gravel roads from the farm his family owned to his job with the Country Roads Board (CRB) (as it was known then) branch in Benalla Victoria. This was a period where you would be lucky if you had one car per family. Today there are 2 cars per dwelling and no one is walking or riding even if the shops are less than one kilometer away. You can buy your own shopping trolley for about thirty dollars if you are worried about having to return the the shopping centre trolley.

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