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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.

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