Brisbane City Council will upgrade signage for the Lang Park Traffic area, in a move to introduce adjustable Suncorp Stadium event-day parking hours, and encourage more people to shop and dine locally.
Infrastructure Chairman Cr Amanda Cooper said Council had received overwhelming support from residents and businesses for two proposed changes to the Lang Park Traffic area, which would reduce impacts from stadium events.
“Council will introduce new digital signage for the Lang Park Traffic Area, which will allow Council to customise event-day parking restrictions to the time of the event, rather than the current midday start,” Cr Cooper said.
“This will allow Council to reduce event-related parking restrictions and provide more longer-term parking opportunities on Suncorp Stadium event days, while bringing the area in line with The Gabba Traffic Area provisions.
“From this week, Council will also implement new timings for event alert activations and will start notification at 10pm the evening before an event, rather than starting the previous afternoon.”
Paddington Ward Councillor Peter Matic, who had been advocating for the change, said it was a win for residents and for businesses who were concerned that patrons were being discouraged from coming to the local area.
“Suncorp Stadium is the largest sporting and event stadium in Brisbane and can attract crowds of more than 50,000 people for major events, so it is important that we have measures in place to prevent local streets being parked-out by people attending the game,” Cr Matic said.
“Feedback that I have received from the community is that the current provisions, which were created in 2003, have been successful in minimising event-traffic impacts however are turning people away from visiting at other times.
“Over the past 15 years, events have changed significantly, and many events are now held later in the day, which means that there is an opportunity to adapt parking restrictions to allow more visitors to the area throughout the rest of the day.
“I welcome these changes, which will mean that when night games are held at the stadium, the neighbourhood is not on lockdown all day, instead, only around the event.”
Council held the consultation between 15 March and 11 May to ensure all members of the community had the opportunity to share their views on proposed changes to the Lang Park Traffic Area.
Of close to 2000 respondents, 91 per cent supported reducing operating times of the Lang Park Traffic Area on event days and 72 per cent supported reducing the activation time of flashing signage.