‘SMART parking’ sensors are expected to be installed in Cowes throughout April, with the overall project to be completed by July.
Bass Coast Shire plans to install 730 parking bay sensors in Wonthaggi and Cowes with the sensors to be supported by an availability app, which council claims will help drivers find a park faster.
The sensors will be installed at 375 on-street bays along Thompson Avenue, Chapel Street and The Esplanade, as well as 123 off-street bays at the Cowes Transit Centre car park.
Installation will occur between 7pm and 5am, except over public holidays or major events, to limit disruptions to drivers and businesses.
While 262 sensors will be installed at on-street bays in Graham Street and McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi.
The project will also include new street signage.
The technology can be used to aid with enforcement.
According to council, after installation and operational testing of sensors, LED signs and the guidance app, the project will go live in July this year.
However, the initiative has drawn considerable concern and criticism from the community, with some highlighting a lack of engagement.
Island Voice had previously questioned the project’s transparency as well as the costs involved, both initial and ongoing.
Council had awarded the tender to install the sensors to APARC, while the project cost of $300,000 was included in the shire’s 2021/22 capital works budget.