OpinionRethinking city’s parking angle

Like cockroaches, the vexed question of on-street parking is ubiquitous and irritating in every city in the world. Not enough of it; too expensive; the two-hour time-slot is too short (for a movie or a good lunch). Or the fines are too punitive and just a cash cow. It seems to be a universal problem wherever people travel by car to the heart of a city.

The real problem is, of course, somewhat different. The reality is that there are simply too many people trying to bring too many cars into high-demand areas and wanting to do it at much the same time of day, regardless of what else is going on.

Newcastle Now has been a long-term advocate for changes to the way parking is managed in the city centre. In 2014, we worked with the council to complete an external study on the issue. It found most individuals visiting the city centre use their cars to do so and more than a quarter stay for more than eight hours. Most respondents found a parking space in fewer than five minutes, and could park within a five-minute walk from their destination.

There seems to have been a shift in parking demand from shoppers or recreational visitors as major users to the main users being workers looking for long-stay spaces. Shoppers seem more attracted to suburban shopping malls where supply is convenient and the cost for short-term parking is less.

In the city centre, mid to long-term parking (4-8 hours) is in high demand, reducing vacancies for shoppers, clients and recreational visitors. Combined with the feeling that parking fees are too high, this is diverting shoppers and recreational visitors elsewhere.

As a result, we heartily congratulate the state government, the council and the university for their park and ride initiatives (google Newcastle Park and Ride for details). It’s a great start but the job isn’t over – by the number of cranes looming above the city, the issue will be with us for a while.

We need short and long-term strategies to free up spaces for our customers and visitors. This calls for a concerted effort by business to encourage staff to use the park and ride option or public transport. We need the first thee hours of parking to be charged at a minimum rate, increasing significantly over time to encourage ‘parking churn’ so people who need more than three hours will seek a long-term parking area. We need a consistent approach to pricing throughout the city and surrounding suburbs, so the challenges are not just pushed elsewhere; and we need spaces that are under-utilised during the week to be freed up for worker parking (such as No 1 Sportsground).

Newcastle Now also argues that parking should not be seen as a revenue source but instead as a tool to help influence parking behaviour. We would therefore like to see income from parking reinvested back into community assets and amenities as people would be more accepting of paid parking if they can see where their money is going.

Smart parking seems to be the way for the future and we support the moves being made there, but we still need helpful interim approaches during the period of road closures to open the city centre for visitors to enjoy easily, particularly in the pre-Christmas and holiday periods.

To quote Billy Connolly, “I don’t believe in angels, no. But I do have a wee parking angel. It’s on my dashboard and you wind it up. The wings flap and it’s supposed to give you a parking space. It’s worked so far.”

If only!

Michael Neilson,Executive manager of Newcastle Now FRUSTRATING: We can’t rely on the parking angels.

Hold the phone, Hotline Hoagies are coming to NewcastlePHOTOS

Hold the phone, hoagies are coming TweetFacebook Hotline Hoagies | PHOTOSKeep an eye out for the Italian-style “long roll sandwich” in Newcastle. Food lovers of Newcastle, rejoice. A new menu is about to diversify the city’sculinary credentials.

FRESH: Hotline Hoagies founder Nicholas Brady with one of his creations.

Former Novocastrian Nicholas Brady is the brains behind Hotline Hoagies, a Perth-based food truck. Hoagie is thePhiladelphian name for a sandwich made on a long white Italian roll. Just don’t call it a sub.

“I’ve been based in Perth for the past nine years. I’ve managed bars and nightclubs and for the past five years I have runThe Good Shepherd bar,” Brady says.

“I’ve always had a real love of food, particularly Italian. I used to really like a meatball sub from a fast food outlet that will remain nameless but I was tired of the mass-produced taste that I was getting.”

He decided to make his own “meatball hoagie” at home using a fusion of Italian and American influences.

“I made one and posted the image on Instagram and I got a bunch of likes and people were excited. At that moment I knew I could make a business out of this,” he says

And so HotlineHoagieswas born. Brady started with a few pop-ups around Perth and worked at some of the city’s biggest events. A trip home to Newcastle last year to visit family convinced him to think further afield.

“I think it’s such an exciting time for businesses in Newcastle. What better place to launch HotlineHoagieson the east coast? We will be popping up around the town at various street food events soon with plans to open a bricks and mortar early next year.”

Monaco’s other motoring thrills

Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, with his wife Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco

You’d never call Michel Ferry a petrolhead. High-octane aristocrat might be more the term. The label goes with his territory, the principality of Monaco, as well as with his role there as race director of the famous Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. The urbane, 73-year-old – “Monegasque and proud of it” – is on the record as saying that “one cannot ignore motor sport if born in the principality ??? it’s an obligation”.

Monaco is more than a casino with a UN seat, a harbour with a prince and a grand prix. The name Monaco, by the way, refers to the country – an independent principality – while the casual but inaccurate synonym “Monte Carlo” is the name of Monaco’s most famous district. The Monaco Grand Prix, in late May, draws thousands of motor sport fans and millions of viewers worldwide to this 2.02-square-kilometre Mediterranean coastal enclave. Consequently, if you love the sound of 15,000 revs in the morning, you’re competing against 200,000 other folk for a vantage point, where the most expensive grandstand seats for the race cost about $840 a head.

Over coffee at the harbourside Automobile Club de Monaco (the oldest auto club in the world), Ferry, who is also club vice-president, suggests to me some alternatives for motor sport aficionados. As well as its heavily in-demand grand prix, Monaco has an extensive calendar of other motoring thrills, including its famous Monte Carlo Rally, a historic car version of the same rally, e-car events, races for historic F1 cars and a jaw-dropping motor show. (See “Monaco’s Fabulous Motoring Calendar” box.)

With no personal income tax, Monaco is the preferred domicile of many high-earning F1 race drivers. I ask Ferry which ones live here.

“The question should be: which ones don’t live here,” he says. “Basically, they all do.”

Ferry says world champions Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – fierce track rivals until the latter’s retirement last year – live in the same apartment block. “Lewis, of course, is three floors higher than Nico.”

I ask Ferry, himself a former racer, what car he now drives. He produces his phone and swipes through his personal rides, past and present. I spot a Ferrari 275 GTB, Porsche 911, E-Type Jag, a vintage Bugatti, Renault Zoe eco-car, Harley motorbikes, an original Mini-Moke. I swear I spot an almost mythical 1950s Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coup. I tell him, “Yesterday I went to the Prince Rainier motor museum. I could have just visited your garage or borrowed your phone.”

The favourite wheels of the late Prince Rainier III (who famously married Hollywood star Grace Kelly) are displayed in the Prince of Monaco’s Vintage Car Collection. Stepping inside you see a 60-year-old sports car that still makes grown men groan, a 1956 Gullwing Merc, strawberry-red. It’s a hard act to follow but the prince’s stable of 100 vehicles manages nicely. There’s a Lewis Hamilton F1 Mercedes, Lamborghinis, Maseratis and great regal chariots like a 1928 Lincoln Phaeton. The historic 1903 De Dion-Bouton is a priceless rarity while others constitute an elephant graveyard of the world’s extinct luxury marques – Hispano-Suiza, Facel Vega, Delgage, Napier and more. There’s even a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud that was supposedly donated to the prince by local shopkeepers – as one does.

Monaco, the Grimaldi dynasty’s sun-blessed, fiscally enhanced slice of the Cote d’Azur is ideal for walking – and if you’re not in the mood for that, the public bus system is excellent and egalitarian. One way to vicariously experience Monaco’s glamorous Grand Prix, minus the crowds, barriers and insanely fast cars, is to walk the track, which is well marked on tourist maps. This legendary street circuit has changed little since the first grand prix in 1929 and in a 2009 British poll was voted number one among the Seven Sporting Wonders of the World.

Doing the full Monte Carlo, so to speak, you can walk the F1 circuit’s 3.34 kilometres and 19 turns in an hour or so, depending on your pit stops. During the race, drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel do it 78 times – at under one minute and 20 seconds a lap – in not much longer than it takes a pedestrian to stride the circuit just once.

Instead of seeking out the pit straight or iconic hairpin bends, I’m hunting for lunch. When I ask a dapper gentleman for directions to the stylish Mozza restaurant, his reply is magnificently Monegasque – “Just turn right at the Rolls-Royce.” However, it’s not just one Roller at the corner but a whole showroom of opulent Silver Wraith land whales. Yet even these leviathans are kicked to the kerb by the four McLaren supercars that brood in an adjacent window like caged cheetahs, each capable of nose-bleed speeds – to well over 300km/h – and price tagged accordingly, from ???183,500. I don’t even bother converting that to Pacific pesos.

The second smallest and most densely populated country in the world, Monaco measures under two kilometres from French border to French border. Stroll its narrow, tiered streets and yacht-crammed marinas, and a paradox soon hits you: so many stunning cars, yet where would you get one out of third gear? Passing a Ferrari dealership, I count 17 of motoring’s sleekest, reddest beasts in the window – one for roughly every hundred Monegasque metres, border to border.

Perhaps the best spot of all for auto-voyeurism, if not shameless class envy, is Monte Carlo Casino Square. Fantasising is permissible if not de rigueur over the dream machines that gamblers park, snout-out, in front of the casino and adjacent Hotel de Paris. Pawing these svelte Lamborghinis and Maseratis is not, especially as bouncers built like tuxedoed outhouses hover nearby. I soothe my heavy metal envy by recalling one British journalist’s irreverent take on the hallowed square: “The blokes driving the cars look more like money launderers than movie stars. And their lady companions look like (let’s be charitable) their nieces.”

There’s little escaping things of speed and the wheel in Monaco, even over dinner. I eat one night at Stars’N’Bars, a popular harbourside sports bar diner that overlooks the grand prix “paddock” used by F1 race teams. The menu is Tex-Mex-international going organic. Two-time word champion Mika Hakkinen’s McLaren-Mercedes hangs vertically on the wall like a crucified beast. Aussie motorcycle champ Mick Doohan’s racing gloves and one boot (what happened to the other one?) are displayed in a cabinet, as is the late Ayrton Senna’s race helmet. The delicious temaki salmon salad is appropriately up to speed.

Wandering the Monaco harbour foreshore, you inevitably pass a pair of monuments from motoring’s glory days when a man would call, “Gentlemen, start your engines please.” At the north end of the harbour – Port Hercules is its proper name – you find a life-sized bronze statue of British bolter William Grover-Williams rakishly angled at the wheel of his Bugatti 35B – no seatbelts, rollbars, or prima donna performers in those brave days. Legend has it that in 1929 Grover-Williams, an anonymous dark horse, arrived too late for race practice but soon stunned the crowd by trouncing a classy field, including Baron Philippe de Rothschild, to win Monaco’s first grand prix. He averaged 80km/h. Today’s drivers do it at almost twice that speed.

The second statue, of legendary Argentine driver Juan Manuel Fangio – “the Maestro” – and his 1955 Mercedes W196, stands near the famous La Rascasse corner. Five-times F1 world champion, and still holding the historic trifecta of the highest percentage of race wins, pole positions and front-row starts, Fangio enjoys a permanent place in the Monaco sun. And no more so than when a brace of 350km/h bolters roar past him 78 times on a Sunday afternoon every May.



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2. The Rock. This fabled outcrop has been home to the ruling Grimaldi clan for 700 years. Head there to see its palace apartments, museum, cathedral and gardens, and the changing of the guard. Note the literally “cloak-and-dagger” bronze of founder, Francesco Grimaldi – aka Il Malizia, “the Malicious One” – who captured the fortress in 1297 disguised as a monk. visitmonaco苏州美甲

3. Oceanographic Museum. Built into the cliff-face of the Rock, the 1910 oceanarium looks like a temple and is, indeed, one to marine science. Huge aquariums pulse with hundreds of beautiful species of sea life. Kids love its turtle island and tactile pool while adults go for Oceanomania’s vast display of marine curiosities. visitmonaco苏州美甲

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January. Monte Carlo Rally. The world’s oldest motor rally began in 1911 to lure winter visitors to Monaco. Twenty-three cars started from six European cities and 16 made it to the finish line. Now a prestigious annual event, the four-day rally through demanding alpine roads attracts about 70 professional competitors. Next rally: January 22-28, 2018.

January-February. Monte Carlo Historic Rally. Cars that participated in the Monte Carlo Rally between 1955 and 1980 are eligible to compete in the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, which began in 1998 and now attracts more than 300 entrants. Competitors start from seven European cities and finish at Monaco harbour. Next rally: January 31-February 7, 2018.

April. Top Marques Monaco. Touted as the world’s most exclusive supercar show, the pitch – “See it! Drive it! Buy it!” – is uncharacteristically crass for this discrete principality. There are test drives (for VIPs) of its pricey toys on a section of the famed F1 track, plus “world premieres” of new supercars from Tesla, Alfa, Lotus, Kahn and Donkervoort. Next event: April 19-22, 2018.

May. Monte Carlo Historic Grand Prix. This retrospective, inaugurated in 1997, celebrates the golden age of motor sport and is held on even numbered years two weeks before the main F1 race. The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is a true heart-starter for motor-racing tragics, with more than 180 classic, pre-war and post-war cars competing. Next race: May 11-13, 2018.

May. Monaco E-Prix. The first electric car grand prix (Formula E) was established in 2015 and runs on odd numbered years, two weeks before the F1 derby. Teams race electric-powered, single-seaters capable of speeds up to 225km/h. Plenty of squealing tyres but the roar of lusty exhausts is sorely missed. Next race: May 2019.

May. Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Seventy-six years on, this remains the world’s most glamorous car race. Passing is almost impossible on the narrow streets (Nelson Piquet likened racing here to “riding a bicycle around your living room”) but the drivers let it rip through the famous tunnel. Next race: May 26-28, 2018.

October. Monte Carlo New and Renewable Energies Rally. The event has two categories, Rallye des Energies Nouvelles for electric, hybrid or alternative energy vehicles, and ZENN (Zero Emission No Noise) for fully electric cars. About 200 participants from 26 manufacturers compete, departing from four cities in France and Switzerland to finish in Monaco. Next rally: October 25-29, 2017.

North players are ‘pissed off’: Macmillan

North Melbourne’s Jamie Macmillan says recent criticism aimed at his club is “disrespectful” and has left Kangaroos players “pissed off”.

Commentary around North Melbourne’s moves in trade period – or lack off them – has been less than complimentary.

But Macmillan, who announced a contract extension with the Roos on Wednesday morning, said he and his teammates would use the negative comments as motivation.

“I took it pretty personally and you’ve got to take that personally as a player, and I got no doubt other guys read it as well,” he told SEN radio.

“I found it disrespectful. I actually took it really personally. I have no doubt there are a couple guys feeling pissed off about it.

“There isn’t a whole lot we can do about it right now. I think it is good to see other people speaking about it in our four walls to see it hit them as well.

“I saw one article refer to Ben Cunnington and Robbie Tarrant as nothing more than B-grade players,” Macmillan added.

“If I were one of them, I would take that personally. Ben Cunnington is one of, if not the, best inside clearance player in the competition. Robbie Tarrant, if it wasn’t for Alex Rance, who is probably one of the best full-backs the game has ever seen, would be in the All-n team.

“It’s only November and there isn’t a whole lot we can do about it now unfortunately. Hopefully, as you saw last year when we were able to put in some pretty competitive performances, we can raise a few eyebrows. Next year we will be looking to do that again, it’s the only way you can respond.”

Macmillan said in a statement released by North Melbourne that he would not have signed a contract extension if he didn’t think the club was going anywhere.

The 26-year-old defender will now stay with the club until at least the end of 2020.

“I still had another two years to go, but I think given the list turnover this year, everyone recognises that there are some exciting times ahead,” he said.

“We’ve seen some of the older guys go, what we’ve lost with them we’ll miss for sure, but I think the younger guys coming through have got enough in them to replace it.

“I am really confident where we are going and it might take some time to build some rapport and get some games into these young players, but I think we’ll surprise a few.”

Community calls for state solutions to erosion concerns; Newcastle City Council begins work on mitigation plansPHOTOS

MITIGATION: Newcastle City Council have begun work to scrape sand between the Stockton Surf Life Saving CLub and the northern end of the Mitchell Street seawall. Picture: supplied.Newcastle City Council has begun work on resolving the issue of erosion at Stockton Beach, and announced that they would be replenishing sand to “help protect the beach and mitigate potential damage caused by future storm events”.

As well as the movement of sand in an effort to stem the tide of erosion, researchers from the University of Newcastle will also be in the area alongside council workers, taking samples to contribute to an ecological assessment of the region.

Council begins work on erosion mitigation plans in Stockton | PHOTOS UNDERWAY: Work begins on Newcastle City Council’s plan to mitigate the erosion at Stockton Beach. Picture: John Mackenzie

UNDERWAY: Work begins on Newcastle City Council’s plan to mitigate the erosion at Stockton Beach. Picture: John Mackenzie

UNDERWAY: Work begins on Newcastle City Council’s plan to mitigate the erosion at Stockton Beach. Picture: John Mackenzie

UNSTOPPABLE: More erosion occured along Stockton’s beaches after the storms during the first weekend of November. Picture: Simon Jones

UNSTOPPABLE: More erosion occured along Stockton’s beaches after the storms during the first weekend of November. Picture: Simon Jones

BANKS: Damages to the coastline from late October. Picture: ‘Save Stockton Beach’ Facebook

BANKS: Damages to the coastline from late October. Picture: ‘Save Stockton Beach’ Facebook

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

The Stockton erosion issue has been a long-standing concern for the local community.

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— John Mackenzie (@JMacGreens) November 14, 2017The ongoing battle against Stockton erosion2017: NSW Government sends Newcastle City Council back to drawing board over long-term erosion solution2017: Goodbye Stockton –Meeting planned to discuss deteriorating Stockton Beach2017:Exposed mine shaft shows Stockton beach’s erosion problem needs ‘urgent’ solution2016: Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes suggests ‘underground breakwall’ and Bathers Way extension2016: Worst erosion in memory leaves Stockton beach exposed to next storm2014:Dangerous erosion on Stockton Beach2013: Stockton beach erosion | PHOTOS, VIDEO