WITH businesses charged thousands in parking contributions if they fail to provide enough parking on site, Orange City Council has revealed its most recent purchase from the fund.
During the 2017-18 financial year, the council spent $966,581 buying the car park alongside the railway line in Endsleigh Avenue, near the Department of Primary Industries.
The council built the car park in the 1990s but leased the land from John Holland until the rail network operator decided to sell it.
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Spokesman Nick Redmond said the purchase secured its future use as a car park into the future.
Both Quest and the Mid-City Motor Lodge were required to pay contributions when the applications were approved during the year, however the fund balance for the 2018-19 financial year is not yet available.
Mid-City Motor Lodge was given a bill of $230,000, while Quest building developer Eastern Developments reduced its bill to $59,000.
Contributions are usually paid when construction starts and enables the council to invest in more parking across the CBD.
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