Thursday, November 26, 2015

Parking issues with the new ticketless parking system at Doncaster Westfield (Shoppingtown).

A while ago I heard Doncaster Westfield (Shoppingtown) was to go ticketless for parking. That is, number plate scanning would be used to record the time of entry and exit from the centre. To pay for parking you need to enter your number plate into a vending machine.

My main concern with the approach is security. What controls are in place for anyone to check anyone else's number plate. Has a family member or friend arrived? You can extend this to realise the approach can be used by some in our society for nefarious purposes.

A couple of years ago Doncaster Westfield introduced the ability to locate your car by entering your number plate. It was very obvious this service, whilst handy, was a security risk and only lasted a matter of days.

I've not yet tested the system so I'll reserve judgement. However the ability for anyone to enter anyone else's number and determine if the car is there, and how long it has been there, to me is a security concern.

The following article on the News site indicates that some people are being overcharged and queues have formed at the parking machines.  The overcharging may simply be because people don't understand the terms and conditions, based on the information in the article.

Given there's a large number of people leaving at the same time when movies end, I wonder how the queues compared with the prior ticket system. Due to the parking limit time (an additional hour available for movie goers) at Doncaster Westfield (try seeing a long movie) and you'll easily get charged. To me there's better places to watch movies where parking's not an issue, but of course, you do have to drive further.

What was also interesting from the article was the need to leave the centre for two hours before you return, before you can again get another free 3 hour parking. Sometimes I've had to visit Doncaster Westfiled twice in the one day and I've been concerned as I knew they were monitoring car number plates. There's 3 hour free parking, but I thought that was once per day. (This however was using the ticket system whereas now time is tracked to the car and not the ticket.) At least we now know it can be more than once per day, but make sure there's a two hour break. Do keep a link to the article however as that statement is contrary to what is written on the Westfield Doncaster site. The site states "Westfield Docnaster offers 3 hours free parking, once per day".

It's not good to see they've already got problems with queues forming. The Christmas period will most likely get much, much worse.

Kelvin Eldridge

Monday, September 22, 2014

Police charge group of males over theft from cars at suburbs including Doncaster and Templestowe after intercept at Coolaroo

A CARLOAD of males have been charged after they allegedly broke into vehicles across metropolitan Melbourne, including Doncaster and Templestowe.... read more.  

Kelvin Eldridge
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Monday, April 28, 2014

ANZ at Doncaster Shoppingtown the most social bank. Staff talk amongst each other whilst customers wait.

A person I know decided to time the ANZ bank today. There were seven people in front of them and it took nearly 30 minutes to be served. Staff should realise the bad impression they make when they stand there talking to each other and there are people waiting.

Kelvin Eldridge

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Doncaster writer Amy Han

Doncaster writer Amy Han's second book, Breaking Jumps, inspired by parkour training sessions at Manningham YMCA... read more.  

Kelvin Eldridge
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Doncaster Shoppingtown (Westfield) Anzac Day shopping hours.

With Anzac Day tomorrow I thought I'd share that Doncaster Shoppingtown (Westfield), affectionately known as shoppo by locals is open from 1 pm to 9 pm on Friday the 25th of April 2014.

Kelvin Eldridge
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Doncaster Shoppingtown Westfield Easter trading hours for 2014

At this time of year the same question seems to always comes up. What time does Shoppo close on Thursday night before Good Friday? I decided to check and found the following.

Thursday - 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday - Closed
Saturday - 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Easter Monday)
Tuesday - back to normal

Kelvin Eldridge
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Monday, April 14, 2014

An article on a number of heritage listed properties in Templestowe, Doncaster and Warrandyte.

This week Manningham Leader takes a look at the bricks and mortar of the heritage-listed properties and the people behind them ahead of the Manningham Heritage Festival on May 3.... read more.  

Kelvin Eldridge
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