The day has arrived – if you don’t want to pay, you’ll have to start limiting your stay at Macarthur Square from tomorrow.
The shopping centre will switch on its new paid parking system tomorrow morning (Tuesday, October 31).
Shoppers can still park for three hours before they have to splash any cash, but after that they will have to pay.
The price for three-and-a-half-hours to four hours is $3, going up incrementally each half-hour to the full-day price of $40.
The new system will recognise the number plate on every car, so shoppers need only punch their details into a terminal to pay for their stay – no tickets required.
Centre staff will be charged a flat rate of $4.
As a special introductory offer, between October 31 and December 31, shoppers who spend $150 in one or multiple transactions on a single day, can park for free.
People visiting the cinema can scan their movie tickets at the terminals to validate their parking.
Centre management has assured shoppers all boom gates have been tested and will be working properly.
Macarthur Square staff will be dressed in orange shirts and available to help any shoppers who need assistance with the new technology.