Queens­gate fee changes

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE park­ing fee changes in Fre­man­tle are on the way, with Sirona Cap­i­tal set to sim­plify the Queens­gate carpark fee struc­ture from Thurs­day.

Sirona Cap­i­tal man­ag­ing direc­tor Matthew McNeilly said the cur­rent pay struc­ture was “un­nec­es­sar­ily com­plex” with as many as seven dif­fer­ent rates.

Ca­sual rates are cur­rently $2.20 an hour, with early-bird prices set at $8.80. How­ever, the changes will see a flat $2 an hour charged to all users and an early-bird rate of $9.

Mr McNeilly said the carpark would no longer of­fer the first hour free, but it would re­main one of Fre­man­tle’s best­value carparks.

“Our anal­y­sis of the carpark op­er­a­tions found that sim­pli­fy­ing the fee struc­ture would con­trib­ute to a bet­ter per­form­ing and more user­friendly carpark,” he said.

Cou­pled with the fee changes is an up­grade of the park­ing struc­ture, which will start this week with the in­stal­la­tion of new boom-gates and eas­ier-to-use tick­et­ing equip­ment. “Other works will in­clude new ve­hi­cle ac­cess/egress, lifts, stair­wells, light­ing, CCTV and toi­lets to im­prove pub­lic amenity and safety, and pedes­trian ac­cess from the carpark will be di­rect into the new re­tail precinct,” Mr McNeilly said.

“The ex­ter­nal fa­cade and in­te­rior of the car park will also be re­newed, along with new re­tail at street level.

“We an­tic­i­pate there will be a pe­ri­odic re­duc­tion in us­age through­out the en­tire Kings Square re­newal project, but the aim is to keep as many bays avail­able as pos­si­ble.”

Last week, the City of Fre­man­tle pro­posed new con­di­tions on res­i­dent park­ing per­mits, with a de­ci­sion ex­pected at to­mor­row night’s coun­cil meet­ing.

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