New parking limits a sweeter deal for shops
Stopping for a coffee in downtown Karratha will get easier for car users searching for a parking spot, with the local government set to impose new parking limits around the central business district.
Most street parking in the City will stay free, but some spots around Pelago East and West will be restricted to two hours or 15 minutes.
Some of the parking spots along Hedland Place will also be two hours only.
Frozen yoghurt shop Yo-get-it is one of the popular outlets and cafes at the bottom of the Pelago buildings, and store franchisee Jessica Buckley welcomed the changes.
She said it would make weekends and afternoons more appealing for customers who wanted to stop out the front, come in, grab some yoghurt and go.
She said people often forgot there was customer parking in the Pelago East building itself, which was often underutilised.
City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Karratha’s centre was only getting busier.
“We have created a fantastic bustling food and entertainment precinct around the Pelago buildings, which is only going to get better with the construction of The Quarter,” he said.
“We have been consulting with businesses who support these time limits to ensure people can access parking outside their businesses.”
The time limits will take effect once signage is put in place, but the City has yet to confirm when this will happen.
City rangers will police illegal parking and drivers who disobey signs could cop a $100 fine.
A map of the street parking and time limits can be found at www.karratha.wa.gov.au.
Yo-get-it employee Stephanie Eaton offers up a fresh tub of frozen yoghurt.