THE City of Fremantle has started a new parking campaign to keep people in the city for longer.
It recently changed the Parry and Point street outdoor carparks from the first hour of parking being free to pay for one hour and get the second hour free. The cappuccino strip carpark will also have the pay for one hour and get the second free, replacing the four 30minute free parking bays.
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the change would support local businesses by encouraging people to stay longer.
“The ‘first hour free’ parking we’ve previously had actually encouraged people to spend less time in Freo because they’d rush around trying to get everything done and back to their cars in less than an hour,” he said.
“For those people who just want to make a quick pit-stop we have 30-minute free parking in High Street and Adelaide Street, as well as the four 30-minute free parking bays in the cappuccino strip carpark.
“We also have one-hour free parking in the area surrounding Kings Square.”
A City spokesman said the initiative was generally supported both via official feedback and informal feedback from social media.
Fremantle Chamber of Commerce chief executive Olwyn Williams said the chamber supported the second hour free change.
“The purpose of the hour free parking and even the residential parking permits has always been about encouraging people to be in Fremantle and spend more time here to connect to services and businesses,” she said.
“Over time the habit became ‘get in and out quick’. We do want people to connect better to Fremantle and not rush away.
“Fremantle has far more convenient parking than most shopping centres.”
According to the City there are 1000 on-street parking bays and 2300 bays in 28 off-street carparks. There are also 60 one-hour free bays.