22 January 2016
The Chamber is pleased that the concerns of local businesses, located in the vicinity of the Sydney and Melbourne Building area, were listened to following the announcement that the Magistrates Court car park would be used as a construction compound for Capital Metro.
The Chamber welcomes Minister Simon Corbell’s announcement that the parking capacity in the Canberra Theatre car park will increase to offset the loss of parking in the Magistrates Court car park, resulting in a net increase of 20 car parking spaces.
While the Chamber recognises the construction of the light rail project will necessarily cause some disruption it is important that mitigating strategies are employed to minimise the negative impact on business.
“We are pleased the ACT Government has listened to business and a solution has been found.” Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Robyn Hendry said.
“We also acknowledge it may not have been the preferred solution for some business’s but we are pleased the number of disabled and medical spaces will remain the same and an additional 20 car spaces will be available.”
Large scale infrastructure projects such as Capital Metro tend to be welcomed with some mixed emotions by business due to potential short term disruptions. The Chamber understands disruptions will impact Canberra businesses in the short term and will work with businesses to ensure these concerns are understood and strategies are developed to mitigate the risks. We are also working with businesses focusing on the longer term to leverage the benefits and opportunities this project will provide for business.
The commencement of the Capital Metro Light Rail Network Phase 1 is one of the most significant infrastructure projects on the horizon for the ACT.
Media Contact: Robyn Hendry, CEO Canberra Business Chamber 0418 462 151