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Published on 13 October 2021

Glen Eira Multideck Car Parks

In 2019, Glen Eira City Council received part Federal funding to develop two commuter car parks located in Elsternwick and Bentleigh as part of the Urban Congestion Fund. 

This triggered initial community engagement about the multi-level commuter car parks with the local community. This engagement was limited to information provision. It is understood the information and approach resulted in some negative feedback.

Since this initial engagement, Council has negotiated and secured 100 per cent federal government funding ($20 million dollars) and is now seeking to revisit the project with the community. Since the initial engagement, the location and design of both car parks has changed. Further to this, there has been considerable ongoing national media attention about the distribution of the Urban Congestion Fund.

In addition, Councillors have expressed an interest in engaging with the community on other congestion reducing initiatives which Council could apply for funding under the Urban Congestion Fund. As a result, Council has decided to re-engage the community, with the aim of better understanding the community’s and key stakeholder’s views around the acceptability of the funding, their views around the new locations proposed for car parking should the funding be accepted, and priorities for any possible new initiatives should further funding become available or advocacy opportunities arise.

How you get involved

Further information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions, the Probity Report and the Glen Eira Park and Ride Report.

This consultation will close on Friday 19 November 2021.

Proposed site locations

1–5 Bent Street, Bentleigh

  • Directly borders the Bentleigh Station is close to the Bentleigh activity centre.
  • The proposed site offers the opportunity of a potential open space plaza.
  • All current car parking spaces at the site would be retained.
  • An estimated total of 300–350 car parking spaces will be achieved at this site
  • The proposed site would feature sustainable and environmental benefits.
Proposed site 1–5 Bent Street, Bentleigh
Proposed site 1–5 Bent Street, Bentleigh

26 Stanley Street, Elsternwick

  • Close proximity to the train station and Elsternwick activity centre.
  • Small scale site results in a minimised impact to the surrounding residential and sensitive interfaces.
  • All current car parking spaces at the site would be retained.
  • An estimated total of 160–200 car parking spaces will be achieved at this site.
  • The proposed site would feature sustainable and environmental benefits.
26 Stanley Street, Elsternwick
26 Stanley Street, Elsternwick

Frequently Asked Questions

Why car parks? Can the funding be used for something else?

A $660 million Commuter Car Park Fund has been established within the Urban Congestion Fund to invest in commuter car park upgrades that encourage greater use of public transport by increasing car park spaces next to train stations. Glen Eira City Council has been offered $20 million by the federal government to deliver projects under the Urban Congestion Fund. To receive the funding, Council must use it for its original purpose which is to design and construct car parking in Elsternwick and Bentleigh near train stations.

What will happen if Council does not accept the funding?

The money will be returned to the federal government and Council will not proceed with the car park projects.

Why did Council commission an independent probity report?

Because the distribution of funds under the Urban Congestion Fund was the subject of an Auditor-General’s report which highlighted a number of concerns about the granting process, Council commissioned an independent probity report to review any probity risks associated with utilising the grant money for the delivery of the two car park projects. The probity report concluded that with proper risk mitigations in place, Council should proceed with conducting community engagement to inform the decision-making about progressing (or not progressing) the car park projects.

Why did Council commission an independent report on the effectiveness for urban “congestion busting” measures?

Council commissioned an independent report by Veitch Lister Consulting to better understand the effectiveness of urban “congestion busting” measures such as commuter car parks, buses and protected bike paths in cities like Glen Eira. We will use the evidence to assist in our decision-making about progressing (or not progressing) the car park projects. The report findings will also be helpful to community members as they consider their feedback during the community engagement phase.

Why were these sites chosen?

The proposed Elsternwick site is being chosen due to its proximity to the train station and activity centre, and for the minimal impact it will have on the surrounding residential area and sensitive interfaces.

The proposed Bentleigh site is being chosen as it directly borders the train station and is close to the activity centre. This location will have less direct impact to local businesses and residents during the construction phase. The site also offers the opportunity of a potential open space plaza, that would connect to the car park and provide more green space within the Glen Eira community.

How many spaces will be available at the car parks?

Elsternwick is proposed to have a total of 160-200 car parking spaces at the site. All existing 78 car parking spaces will be retained. Bentleigh is proposed to have a total of 300-350 car parking spaces at the site. All existing 142 car parking spaces will be retained. All existing car parking spaces at both sites will be retained to ensure continued parking availability for accessibility to the local activity centres.

How many storeys will the car parks be?

The height of the car parks are not yet determined as the project has not reached the design stage. However, Council can confirm the car parks will be no more than three storeys in height.

Have any concept designs been completed?

Following completion of community engagement and review of the responses and feedback, Council will make a decision regarding the next steps for the project in December 2021. If the project progresses beyond December, the subsequent stage would include site due diligence, concept design and further feasibility studies. All aspects of technical design will be included in this stage.

How long will the car park projects take?

If the proposed projects proceed, concept, scoping and feasibility development will begin in January 2022, with construction likely to commence in January 2023 and conclude in March 2024.

How will this project benefit the community?

There are a number of benefits associated with commuter car parking which apply not only to the local community but also the broader community. They include but are not limited to:

  • Encourage public transport patronage growth
  • Reduce broader congestion
  • Provide easy access to public transport for people with mobility limitations
  • Reduce parking requirements in locations closer towards the CBD
  • Reduce the rate of car trips towards the CBD
  • Encourage late night and weekend visits to the commercial and retail centres around stations
  • Use of car parks as community spaces in off-peak periods
  • Minimise the parking overspill onto local streets

Will the commuter car parking be available for the general community on evenings and weekends?

Yes! This will also encourage late night and weekend visits to the commercial and retail centres around stations, further benefiting business owners in the community.

What sustainability measures will Council consider when designing the car parks?

Council will seek to implement as many sustainable initiatives and environmental benefits within the designs as possible. Examples include electric vehicle charging stations, recycled concrete, vertical gardens, rooftop gardens and photovoltaic arrays.

Why I have to register on the site to complete the survey?

By registering before you complete the survey, we can ensure that the responses we receive are representative of the broader community's views. Unregistered participation can often skew the engagement results because it allows individuals to enter multiple responses.

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What impact will the car parks have on congestion towards the CBD?

In section 3.1 of the VLC Report, it states that “the increase in capacity park and ride at Bentleigh and Elsternwick can be expected to reduce the rate of car trips towards the CBD by about one third of all new users of the car parks, or in other words, every three new car parks will mean one less longer distance car trip towards the CBD.”

The impact on congestion will be investigated further if Council proceeds to the next project phase.

What impact will the car parks have on congestion in the immediate area (Bentleigh and Elsternwick)?

In section 4.2 of the VLC Report, it states that the “diversion of drivers to park and ride will have a small effect on congestion between the station and the CBD and surrounds as the likely destination, although potentially there will be a small increase in local traffic around the park and ride facilities.” The report goes on to conclude that “we can expect approximately one-third of park and ride users to divert to public transport rather than driving to their destination. This can be expected to generate congestion reduction benefits.” In section 5.4 of the report, it concludes that the slight increase in congestion may be more likely in Elsternwick.

The impact on congestion will be investigated further if Council proceeds to the next project phase.