Carpark of­fer by Crown Perth

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

CROWN Perth is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to park in its carparks dur­ing Op­tus Sta­dium game days de­spite tri­alling paid park­ing in some ar­eas.

Park­ing around the sta­dium has be­come a hot is­sue af­ter pub­lic pres­sure led to Bel­mont Park Race­course open­ing up 500 bays, with the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­pand­ing that to 900.

Crown Perth is tri­alling paid park­ing in the 1500 multi-level carpark and a 300-bay carpark, although a 540-bay carpark is not open on game days be­cause it is used as a bus lay­over for the Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s largest carpark, which holds 2500 cars, is re­main­ing free on game days. A Crown Perth spokes­woman said in or­der to man­age the “op­er­a­tional de­mands” on event days, paid park­ing was be­ing tri­alled in some carparks at Crown to bet­ter man­age the flow in and out of the com­plex and mit­i­gate po­ten­tial im­pact.

“We will con­tinue to mon­i­tor and re­view our plans over the com­ing months,” she said.

“Crown is work­ing with the sta­dium and our part­ners to max­imise the ac­ti­va­tion of the Bur­swood Penin­sula and wel­come visi­tors to the precinct, while pro­tect­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence of our val­ued mem­bers and guests.

“We want all sta­dium event-go­ers to have a fun and safe ex­pe­ri­ence when vis­it­ing the penin­sula – and we hope that a visit to Crown is part of that.

“It’s been great to see the sta­dium launch and re­ceive such sup­port from the peo­ple of Perth. Our close prox­im­ity po­si­tions us as a nat­u­ral desti­na­tion for peo­ple both pre and post, so the vis­i­ta­tion num­bers are look­ing promis­ing at this early stage.”

The South­ern Gazette un­der­stands the in­crease of peo­ple park­ing at Crown Perth dur­ing Op­tus Sta­dium game days has led staff to hav­ing some dif­fi­culty find­ing free car bays.

“Staff ac­cess is al­ways a pri­or­ity for us and we have plans in place to en­sure ad­di­tional park­ing has been pro­vided to staff so they have quick and easy ac­cess to park­ing and can ar­rive on time for their shift,” the spokes­woman said.

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