Parking fee rise aids Yarra Park sustainability
May 30, 2011
The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) today advised of an increase in the price of vehicle parking in Yarra Park for patrons attending events at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and other venues in the precinct.
The cost of parking in the parkland adjacent to the MCG will rise from $8 to $10 per vehicle commencing with the Geelong Cats v Hawthorn AFL match on Saturday June 11, 2011.
MCC acting CEO Trevor Dohnt said the price increase, the first in three years, would help fund further improvements to the long-term health of the park included in the Yarra Park Master Plan.
“As per the Victorian Government’s requirement, all revenue derived from parking will be re-invested into Yarra Park,” said Mr Dohnt.
“We are making a huge commitment to the survival and prosperity of Yarra Park so that it continues as a sustainable, multi-use park for generations to come.”
A central feature of the Yarra Park Master Plan is construction of a water recycling facility beneath Yarra Park outside the MCG’s Gate 2 entrance. The project is jointly funded by the MCC ($16 million) and Victorian Government ($6 million).
Work on the recycling facility, which will generate up to 180 million litres of water per year for use by Yarra Park, MCG and Punt Road Oval, commenced in recent weeks and is scheduled for completion early next year.
The MCC was handed day-to-day management responsibility for Yarra Park in March, 2010 after legislation approved the transfer from City of Melbourne.
Parking in Yarra Park is made available to patrons attending events at the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Hi sense Arena and AAMI Park.