Victor Harbor Community Action Group will hold a forum on car parking with guest speaker CEO Victoria MacKirdy

HOT TOPIC: VHCAG members Patsy and Barry Wright, Warwick Westlake, Jean McGough and John Woite.
HOT TOPIC: VHCAG members Patsy and Barry Wright, Warwick Westlake, Jean McGough and John Woite.

The Victor Harbor Community Action Group (VHCAG) will hold a forum to discuss the McKinaly Street multi-level car park proposal.

The event will be held on Friday, January 31, at 7pm, at the Christian Gospel Centre, 2 George Main Road and City of Victor Harbor CEO Victoria MacKirdy will be the guest speaker and take the opportunity to clarify the proposal from the council's perspective.

Ms MacKirdy will give a brief presentation on the project to the VHCAG and the community members in attendance.

VHCAG chair Barry Wright said it was important the community was aware of a proposal that has the potential to change the face of Victor Harbor in the future and will affect all its residents.

"We urge you all to attend our first forum for 2020 to acquaint yourselves with all the information available so that you are able to make an informed decision when the concept proposal is released for community consultation," Mr Wright said.

"We have also invited all of the councillors and will encourage them to participate in an open question and answer session at the conclusion of Ms MacKirdy's presentation.

"We intend this to be an open-minded forum canvassing the pros and cons of the parking concept the council is proposing.

"We also view it as a positive way for council to engage with the community at the very early stages of their deliberations before the proposal is released for public consultation sometime in the next couple of months."

There is already car park approval at 16-26 McKinlay Street as part of The Anchorage development with an elevated footbridge over the railway line, but council is considering its parking options at 8-14 McKinlay Street. Council owns all the land from 8-26 McKinlay Street.

"Our committee's assessment of council administration's proposal is that council (the ratepayers and residents) build a much larger car park than that proposed by the Anchorage developer.

"The expanded multi-level carpark proposal by council would encompass the entire area from 8-26 McKinlay Street, everything between the old stone ex-bank building on the corner of McKinlay/Coral Street to the old stone building on the corner of McKinlay/Eyre Terrace," Mr Wright said.

"Should this proposal proceed, there is a definite possibility that all surrounding streets in the Victor CBD area would be paid parking, including the multi- deck car park.

"Questions to consider include - Do you think we have a need for a 'city sized' car park of approximately 600 parking spaces at this time, or in the next 10 years, for a town of approximately 15,250 people that is only growing by about 0.9 per cent a year (2018 ABS data)?

"If you think we do need more parking facilities in the central Victor precinct do you consider that it would be sufficient for council to just clear and seal the car park area in its entirety from the future Anchorage car park building to the old bank building at Coral Street?

"That may mean that parking could still be free throughout the CBD.

"Is the community happy to pay to park in central Victor if it increases parking capacity?"

The Victor Harbor Community Action Group attends council meetings and council's Informal Gatherings and informs the community on topical issues that concern ratepayers.