Call to in­crease city park­ing charges to curb con­ges­tion

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

A CALL to in­crease CBD park­ing fees has come weeks af­ter City of Perth coun­cil­lors’ failed push for free park­ing.

A Grat­tan In­sti­tute re­port re­leased this month fo­cussed on traf­fic con­ges­tion in Syd­ney and Mel­bourne.

Co-au­thor Hugh Ba­trouney sug­gested mea­sures for Perth to im­ple­ment to avoid the same prob­lems in­cluded higher park­ing levies to re­duce con­ges­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Reece Har­ley’s move in Au­gust to trial free half-hour park­ing on Royal Street in East Perth was de­feated by a ma­jor­ity vote.

The mo­tion gained sup­port from Cr Jemma Green and deputy mayor James Limnios and was a re­ac­tion to a pe­ti­tion signed by more than 1100 peo­ple de­mand­ing free park­ing.

Mr Limnios, who re­cently took on the du­ties of Lord Mayor, said he

con­tinue to push for free park­ing in the CBD to help strug­gling busi­nesses.

In the lead up to this month’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion, other can­di­dates have also pledged to pur­sue free park­ing or a re­view of park­ing charges.

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