26 February 2013
Monday 25 February
The University of the Sunshine Coast will today introduce a system of paid parking at its Sippy Downs campus.
The ticketless system will operate from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday all year (except public holidays) and will involve motorists entering their vehicle registration numbers into ticketing machines as they arrive at USC.
The one-off cost of parking is $3 for a half day and $5 for a full day for a car ($2 for a half day and $3 for a full day for motorcycles).
However, students who are regular carpark users can purchase six-monthly permits for $100, which will significantly reduce the daily cost of parking.
The University has also constructed a free carpark for 450 vehicles off Claymore Road, which is about a 15-minute walk from the centre of campus.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the paid parking system was needed to cater for the University’s ongoing rapid growth, which will see student numbers increase from 9,000 to 12,000 in the next few years.
“If we don’t do this, an increasing proportion of our operating funds – that should go to our core business of teaching, research and engagement – would need to be redirected to parking,” he said.
“Funds raised from the parking fees will be used to improve existing parking facilities on campus and subsidise construction and maintenance costs of new parking facilities.”
Professor Hill said USC undertook a six-month communication process with all stakeholders and had considered their feedback in designing the system.
“What we have aimed for is a parking model that is simple, sustainable, equitable, affordable and flexible,” he said.
Professor Hill said USC also would continue to encourage staff and students to use public transport, car pool, or cycle or walk to campus.
More details about the paid parking system, including a Frequently Asked Questions page, are available on the USC website.
— Terry Walsh