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Update - December 2023

Council further considered this matter at its 13 December 2023 General Meeting and resolved the following:

THAT Council:

  • Acknowledge the challenges that the trial of the Brooklyn Parking scheme has presented to the local community.
  • Act immediately to:
    • Adjust the number of recently implemented 4P timed parking spaces within both the foreshore and ferry wharf area to a total of 35 timed spaces for a four-month trial period, thereby reducing the restricted 4P spaces by a total of 40 spaces.
    • Implement these changes as a matter of urgency and immediately following the approval of the Local Traffic Committee.
    • Provide temporary, motion-activated lighting to provide safety and security for all residents during this trial period.
    • Monitor and evaluate all parking changes during this trial period and report back to Council with a report recommending any further changes not later than the May 2024 Council Meeting.
  • Commence action to research and investigate a resident parking scheme together with the concept of a Special Circumstances Parking permit for reporting back to Council in conjunction with the evaluation of the current parking changes.
  • Progress long term solutions and funding opportunities within the Brooklyn Place Plan concurrently with this trial and request an update to a Councillors Briefing before March 2024.

For more details please refer to the business papers (Item 11).

Update – November 2023

Over the coming months, Council is progressing the place planning process for Brooklyn. Working with the adopted guiding principles and “working” vision, Council will consider all adopted strategic elements and community feedback to date, and work towards producing options for consideration for the Brooklyn village centre. A briefing to Councillors will be scheduled in the new year, with community consultation to follow.

Guiding Principles and Working Vision

Update – May 2023

Council decision

Council considered a report on the survey results and the recommended path forward with car parking management in Brooklyn at the April General Meeting. It was decided that Council:

  1. Acknowledge the efforts and contribution of community and stakeholders to this process, particularly in trying to seek a common understanding and way forward on a long-standing issue for the Brooklyn and River community.
  2. Adopt the proposed car parking management staged, roll out schedule attached to General Manager’s Report No. GM1/23 implementing the roll out as part of future Delivery Programs and an Informal Councillor Briefing be held following the trailer removal process to further consider timed parking restrictions.
  3. Not proceed with the proposed leased car park in Upper McKell Park overflow area but continue to operate the car park as a free to use parking area in the short to medium term.
  4. Note the proposed alternate leased parking locations nominated by the community and further address this matter in the place planning process.
  5. Undertake further consultation with the community to determine the extent of need for residents who are not eligible for a Disability Parking Permit but may still require special parking arrangements.
  6. Undertake further consultation on the introduction of paid parking in McKell Park and Parsley Bay to respond to community demand for flexible parking.

View the Council Meeting Business Paper (Item 1) and Attachments - 12 April 2023.

View the Minutes of the General Meeting.

Update – January 2023

In September and October 2022 we invited the community to have ‘Your Say’ on proposed changes to car parking management in Brooklyn. The proposed changes were based on the adopted Car Parking Management Study and Council’s requirements as land managers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in this process and for completing the survey or providing a written submission. A total of 466 surveys were completed both online and in paper-based form. Please click on the link below to be taken to the summary of survey results for further details.

Brooklyn Car Parking Management Survey Results

In summary, the demand for parking is high throughout the Brooklyn Village Centre and users require flexibility in the length of stay afforded to them.

Next Steps

Council will consider all survey feedback received and it is anticipated that the matter will be considered further by Council in 2023.

Update – November 2022

Thanks for providing your feedback on the proposed changes to car parking management in Brooklyn. We’ve received 466 survey responses which has amounted to 1867 pages of data. We’ve also received multiple, detailed written submissions and suggestions – which we understand would have taken many, many hours for the community to pull together – thank you for your efforts! The project team will be reading, coding and considering each and every submission that has been made and so it will take us some time to finalise this process. We expect to be putting the results of the consultation back to Council for consideration in 2023.

Update – September and October 2022

At the August 2022 General Meeting Council resolved to put the recommendations associated with the Car Parking Management – Brooklyn report on exhibition for a period of a period of 8 weeks.

The consultation on these recommendations is being undertaken via The HiVE – On The HiVE you’ll find background information, project time frames and a survey to provide your feedback.

The survey is open from 29 August 2022 until 30 October 2022.

If you have previously provided a written submission on this subject, there is no need to provide another written submission as earlier submissions have been reviewed, However, we encourage you to complete the survey.

Update – August 2022

At the July 2022 General Meeting, the consideration of the Car Parking Management – Brooklyn report was deferred until August General Meeting due to the flood event on the Hawkesbury River. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Business Papers for further details.

Business Papers

Update – July 2022

A resolved approach to village centre parking

At the July 2022 General Meeting, Council will consider a report on Car Parking Management – Brooklyn. Please click on the link below to be taken to the Business Papers for further details.

Business Papers

Update – August 2021

In April 2021, Council released the Discussion Paper – Brooklyn Place Planning for community comment and feedback. The community provided feedback on the discussion paper via an online and paper-based survey.

At its July 2021 General Meeting, Council considered a report on the community feedback received via the survey on the Discussion Paper – Brooklyn Place Planning and resolved to:

  1. Note the survey results and summary of comments received during the exhibition of the Discussion Paper – Brooklyn Place Planning.
    A summary of community feedback received through the survey can be found in the summary of survey results.
  2. Endorse the guiding principles and priority actions for the development of the Brooklyn Place Plan as outlined in the Discussion Paper.
    The guiding principles and priority actions used to develop the Brooklyn Place Plan can be found in the Discussion paper extract – guiding principles + high priority actions.
  3. Endorse the revised “working version” of the vision for Brooklyn such that it may be further tested with stakeholders as the Brooklyn place planning process progresses.

    The “working version” of the vision for Brooklyn is:

    Brooklyn protects its unique natural environment and celebrates its rich European and Aboriginal heritage and waterfront village atmosphere.

    The Brooklyn village is a liveable place for people that is welcoming and vibrant for the whole community – both residents and visitors.

    The village centre is attractive, well maintained and provides support for local businesses.

    In fulfilling its function as a port and transport interchange, Brooklyn village will support all river communities to transition between river, road and rail.
  4. Staff to hold a workshop with Councillors to discuss an approach to, and principles associated with, car parking management in Brooklyn. A workshop has been scheduled with the newly elected Councillors early in their new term in 2022.

In summary, Report GM 31/21 effectively pauses the place planning process in Brooklyn to instead focus on addressing car parking at the request of the community.

A consultation process will be initiated with the community once the newly elected Council can be briefed on the relevant matters in early 2022. Engagement on car parking in Brooklyn will be based on the Car Parking Management Study – which was adopted by Council in September 2020 – Report GM 21/20.


Next Steps

The newly elected Councillors will be given a briefing by staff in early 2022 to determine the next steps in relation to car parking in Brooklyn.

Contact us

Have a question or want to know more about the project? Please email the team or call Julia Morton, Place Manager on (02) 9847 6052 or David Johnston, Strategic Place Manager on (02) 9847 6800.