Group claims Liverpool parking win 

A NUMBER of new drop-off and pick-up zones are now visible within Liverpool's city centre thanks to the successful campaign by emerging advocacy group Sydney Alliance.

The zones were assigned to allow greater convenience for patients who required access to medical facilities within the city's busy CBD.

Members of the Sydney Alliance from left, Stash D'Cunha, Florence Callicott, Wafa Jeha, and Raffaele Catanzaritti are happy at the success of their campaign to get 15 min pick-up and drop-off zones outside medical centres in the Liverpool CBD. Picture: Simon Bennett

Members of the Sydney Alliance from left, Stash D'Cunha, Florence Callicott, Wafa Jeha, and Raffaele Catanzaritti are happy at the success of their campaign to get 15 min pick-up and drop-off zones outside medical centres in the Liverpool CBD. Picture: Simon Bennett

Liverpool's CBD has virtually no free parking left, and medical centres along George and Macquarie streets do not have allocated patient parking.

The zones allow a 15-minute block so motorists can leave their cars for free and escort less mobile patients into medical centres before returning to park their cars.

Widow Florence Callicott, who assisted in the campaign, said the zones were a good start.

She said manoeuvring through Liverpool's medical precinct when her late husband Ben was ill added to an already difficult time.

"It was very difficult trying to escort Ben into and out of the car and get to his appointments on time, with the added hassle of moving the car and struggling to find parking," she said.

"We would often miss appointments or arrive late — it was just exhausting.

"I don't think the 15 minutes is enough, but it is a start."

For the alliance though — a collective of church and ethnic groups, community organisations and unions — this was a big win.

"The Fairfield-Liverpool district has only recently been formed and for the district to have this win is a great effort," Alliance member Raffaele Catanzariti said.

Liverpool Council general manager Farooq Portelli said consultation established that the time limit was sufficient.

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