Park­ing plan feed­back sought

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By LISA THOMAS

THE City of Su­bi­aco will send the Rosalie Park Park­ing Man­age­ment Plan – which would see paid park­ing im­ple­mented on Onslow Road and Derby Road – out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion next month.

The plan has come un­der fire from lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and Rosalie Pri­mary School par­ents, who be­lieve there is no need for paid park­ing on the streets sur­round­ing the school.

Coun­cil­lors en­dorsed the plan in De­cem­ber, be­fore pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion could be un­der­taken.

It was ap­proved unan­i­mously to go out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion at last month’s coun­cil meet­ing.

City of Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the con­sul­ta­tion would be a two-part process.

“There will be meet­ings with key stake­hold­ers dur­ing July, fol­lowed by a wider con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod in Au­gust, where all com­mu­nity mem­bers will have the op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide feed­back on the pro­posed changes,” he said.

“The Rosalie Park Park­ing Man­age­ment Plan aims to bal­ance the park­ing needs of all users of this space, in­clud­ing the school, church, sport­ing clubs and lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses.”

He said paid park­ing on Onslow Road and Derby Road was one of the rec­om­men­da­tions in the plan.

“Paid park­ing helps man­age de­mand for pre­mium lo­ca­tions as well as en­force­ment ef­forts to en­sure there is a safe and fair ac­cess for all users,” he said.

“The con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod will pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to re­visit the park­ing is­sues that were iden­ti­fied by key stake­hold­ers dur­ing the study phase of this plan, pro­vide an over­view of the prin­ci­ples be­hind the plan and lis­ten to any new con­cerns so we can im­ple­ment the best out­come for all users of this space.”

Rosalie Pri­mary School P&C pres­i­dent Craig Dono­van said he did not be­lieve the City should have ap­proved the plan be­fore go­ing out for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

He said the City had tra­di­tion­ally sought pas­sive feed­back, rather than ac­tively speak­ing to peo­ple who would be im­pacted.

“We don’t want the first hour free at Rosalie Park, we want to park for free to pick up and drop off our chil­dren at the lo­cal pub­lic school, as has been the case for over 100 years,” he said.

“It would be fan­tas­tic if they could ac­tively seek the school com­mu­nity’s thoughts. Rosalie P&C is happy to be in­volved.”

There was no guar­an­tee the City would change its mind on the plan even if there was op­po­si­tion.

“It is like hav­ing a ref­er­en­dum af­ter pass­ing laws,” Mr Dono­van said.

“There is no guar­an­tee by the City that they will change the de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment paid park­ing, even if the ma­jor­ity of those af­fected dis­agree.”

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