Park­ing free again

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

EAST Fre­man­tle Coun­cil has re­in­stated free park­ing at the Leeuwin carpark and launch­ing boat ramp for per­mit hold­ers.

It will re­main free of charge un­til a traf­fic man­age­ment and move­ment strat­egy is en­dorsed by the coun­cil.

The pol­icy will be re­in­stated at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble date.

Per­mit hold­ers will have to pay an ad­min­is­tra­tion charge of $50 per per­mit for a 12-month term (fi­nan­cial year) or pro rata from July 1 each year.

Once paid, the per­mit holder will be en­ti­tled to free park­ing for the year if they are a ratepayer and their mo­tor ve­hi­cle, boat and trailer are reg­is­tered to a prop­erty.

Coun­cil­lor Tony Natale in­tro­duced the pro­posal to the coun­cil at its Novem­ber meet­ing.

There were four op­tions for coun­cil to con­sider: up­hold the de­ci­sion from Fe­bru­ary 2016, de­fer its in­tro­duc­tion un­til the traf­fic man­age­ment and move­ment strat­egy was fi­nalised, re­in­state the pol­icy or un­der­take a cost as­sess­ment of in­tro­duc­ing free park­ing for all boat trail­ers.

Per­mits are likely to be is­sued in Fe­bru­ary af­ter the advertising of ap­pli­ca­tions. The mo­tion was passed 5-2. AF­TER be­ing a Jus­tice of the Peace (JP) for 25 years, Pa­tri­cia New­ton said she was hon­oured and hum­bled to be hon­oured for her vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties.

On De­cem­ber 6 Mrs New­ton was given a WA Vol­un­teer Ser­vice Award for her long-stand­ing ser­vice – and be­ing a JP is just one as­pect of her com­mu­nity spirit.

“I was in­volved in ju­nior foot­ball clubs, or­gan­ised the ju­nior cricket club and did the ros­ter for the Fre­man­tle Town Hall,” she said.

“I had never thought about be­ing a Jus­tice of the Peace.

“At the time I was work­ing in an of­fice and I had done a lot of vol­un­teer­ing at that stage.

“A gentle­man I knew asked why don’t I be­come a JP and then he nom­i­nated me.”

Mrs New­ton said she re­spected those who gave up their time for the good of so­ci­ety.

“I re­ally ad­mire the sea res­cue, fire bri­gade and SES who put their lives on the line to help peo­ple,” she said.

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