20 May 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast is set to begin construction work tomorrow (Tuesday 21 May) on a new carpark on campus in preparation for a strong mid-year intake of new students.
The carpark will provide another 100 parking bays close to the centre of campus, pushing up the total number of parking bays across campus to more than 2,500.
Peak demand for parking this Semester reached 2,050 vehicles, with many of the vacant bays available each day at two recently sealed carparks adjacent the University’s Sports Stadium.
A forum of USC students last week found that many were unaware that these carparks – at either end of the stadium and about a five-minute walk from the centre of campus – were available for use by ePermit holders or eTicket purchasers.
To help promote awareness and usage of these carparks, the University will offer a special incentive of free coffee to those who park there during the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, lighting works and other improvements are being finalised at carparks across campus, including the free carpark on the eastern side of campus. Much of this work was delayed at the beginning of the year by heavy rainfall.
USC introduced a regulated paid parking system in February to both manage demand for parking on campus and to fund future parking infrastructure.
The parking system is an important part of the University’s planning for an expected growth in student population from 9,000 now to 12,000 by 2015.
— Terry Walsh