Newcastle parking: App EasyPark brings "smart parking" to the city

NEWCASTLE City Council has launched a state-first parking app to coincide with the Broadmeadow stadium park and ride service’s free window closing. 

The shuttle service attracts a $2.20 fee per day now, which can be paid with the EasyPark app designed to let commuters pay without having to return to the meter.  

It will help manage parking spaces across the local government area. 

"I'm thrilled to say that with the launch of the EasyPark app, the City of Newcastle is on the way to relegating parking meters to the dustbin of history," lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.

"Using it will allow you to pay for parking remotely and end a parking session precisely when you want to.

"This means you won't waste a single cent when returning to your car earlier than expected. 

The step towards “smart parking” is a component of the Smart City Strategy, aiming to use technology to make life easier in Newcastle. 

“It's the start of a broader approach to making parking smarter in the city centre,” Cr Nelmes said. 

"Our vision is for Newcastle to be an open, collaborative and connected smart city that uses technology to make things easier, more liveable and sustainable - and this app definitely fits the bill."

The app requires users to register a number plate to start a parking session.

They can be extended in line with time restrictions in the area, and ended immediately compared to paper tickets. 

Parking officers can verify payment by cars without a ticket on their dashboard.

The council says rangers will still be able to enforce time limits. 

The park and ride from the stadium was free into February after the initial window was extended.

More than 1000 people have registered to use the service since it began operating in November last year.