Parking fee backdown
PAID parking is being scrapped in Mt Lawley, two months after the City of Stirling introduced it.
Parking meters were installed on Field Street and Beaufort Street north of Walcott Street in July after a council decision in March, supported by all councillors except Elizabeth Re.
Cr Joe Ferrante later called for removal of the meters, which allow for one hour free parking and $2 per hour afterwards, because he said it was hurting businesses in the area.
Eric Matusik, of Matusik Diamond Jewellers, and Irving and Keenan Real Estate principal Stuart Irving implored councillors at Tuesday’s meeting to remove paid parking because of its negative effects on their businesses.
Cr Suzanne Migdale said her issue was with the timing of the implementation.
“In these tough economic times we want to encourage our hub,” Cr Migdale said.
Cr Karen Caddy said a City report found most people were parking for less than an hour, with 11 per cent staying one to two hours and 8.5 per cent parking for two to three hours.
The City is expected to spend up to $5000 to remove the six machines and replace signage, while it spent $400 on installation for each meter.
Revenue generated between July 2 and August 27 was nearly $10,000.