Dar­win coun­cil exec car ‘snapped’ park­ing il­le­gally but owner gets off with a warn­ing...

Sunday Territorian - - FRONT PAGE - JILL POULSEN

THE owner of a car seen re­cently be­ing driven by the ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of Dar­win coun­cil won’t be fined de­spite the car be­ing snapped parked il­le­gally out­side her usual cof­fee spot.

In­stead, and un­like the thou­sands of other Ter­ri­to­ri­ans tar­geted by the coun­cil’s in­spec­tors each year, the owner of Melissa Reiter’s ride will be given a writ­ten warn­ing not to park il­le­gally again.

The Range Rover was snapped on Thurs­day morn­ing out­side Cave­nagh Ho­tel.

The car had been il­le­gally parked on a yel­low line on the busy CBD street.

A Dar­win Coun­cil spokes­woman said Ms Reiter, who earns a six-fig­ure salary from ratepay­ers, was on leave and un­avail­able to an­swer ques­tions about whether the ex­ec­u­tive owned the car or re­spond to al­le­ga­tions she had parked it il­le­gally about 200m from her of­fice.

“Coun­cil will is­sue a warn­ing in writ­ing to the owner of this ve­hi­cle ad­vis­ing them that they have parked il­le­gally,” the spokes­woman said.

“If the owner of this ve- hi­cle is caught again, they will im­me­di­ately re­ceive an infringement no­tice.” A witness told the Sun­day

Ter­ri­to­rian the in­ci­dent was hypocrisy at its best.

“Maybe ( there is) a coun­cil perk not to get booked by City of Dar­win park­ing rangers like the rest of us com­mon­ers?”

Ms Reiter was for­merly the gen­eral man­ager at Dar­win Port Cor­po­ra­tion and ran for a position as a coun­cil al­der­man in the 2015 by-elec­tion of Lyons ward.

For the fi­nan­cial year of 2015/2016, a mas­sive 28,730 fines were issued. In the first three months of 2017, Dar­win coun­cil slugged driv­ers with al­most 5800 carpark­ing fines, bring­ing in more than $231,000 to coun­cil cof­fers.

The “blue bombers” pa­pered the city with al­most one infringement ev­ery seven min­utes from January to March this year.

In March, Dar­win man Dan Carr claimed he had been is- sued with a park­ing fine 23 min­utes be­fore his ticket ran out. “I’ve been stung be­fore but that was my fault, this wasn’t,” he said. “Park­ing in this town is beyond a joke.”

The coun­cil re­fused to waive his fine.

A Range Rover linked to Dar­win Coun­cil is snapped il­le­gally parked out­side the Cave­nagh Ho­tel in the CBD

City of Dar­win ex­ec­u­tive man­ager Melissa Reiter is em­broiled in con­tro­versy over the il­le­gal park­ing of a ve­hi­cle she’d been seen driv­ing re­cently

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