End in sight to city park­ing de­bate

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

Bun­bury mayor Gary Bren­nan be­lieves next week’s de­ci­sion on the city’s park­ing will put the mat­ter to an end once and for all.

The de­bate on Bun­bury’s park­ing strat­egy is again ex­pected to heat up on Tues­day night when Bun­bury City Coun­cil votes on its next move after months of con­sul­ta­tion.

While a group of re­tail­ers have been lob­by­ing hard for the park­ing ma­chines to be re­moved, the rec­om­men­da­tion to the coun­cil is to keep them in place and for twohour, free on-street park­ing to re­main.

Cr Bren­dan Kelly’s mo­tion on no­tice to re­move the me­ters will also again be con­sid­ered after his at­tempt last month was voted down by coun­cil­lors and la­belled “poor gov­er­nance” be­cause it was al­ready one of the op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered through the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment process.

Five pro­posed CBD park­ing op­tions were put for­ward in the lengthy and ex­ten­sive con­sul­ta­tion, which in­cluded a re­tail­ers and stake­hold­ers plan­ning fo­rum, on­line por­tal and two pop-up com­mu­nity events.

The coun­cil has been pro­vided with the re­sults of the con­sul­ta­tion with more than 1700 res­i­dents tak­ing part.

The re­sults showed that 46.6 per cent of peo­ple wanted the park­ing ar­range­ments to stay as they were and 35.8 per cent wanted the park­ing ma­chines re­moved and on­street park­ing to be free.

Mr Bren­nan said he be­lieved a de­ci­sion next week would be the fi­nal one and he ex­pected an­other full pub­lic gallery. “I be­lieve it will be (the fi­nal de­ci­sion), it will put this mat­ter to an end,” Mr Bren­nan said.

“I’m look­ing for­ward very much to the de­bate that I an­tic­i­pate next week and I also ex­pect that there will be a good at­ten­dance in the pub­lic gallery to ob­serve the de­bate.

“We have gone out to our com­mu­nity and sought their in­put.”

After pre­vi­ous de­bates on the mat­ter have sparked emo­tive and pas­sion­ate dis­cus­sions in the coun­cil cham­bers, Mr Bren­nan said he be­lieved the de­bate would be re­spect­ful.

“It’s a mat­ter for each elected mem­ber to de­ter­mine – based on the ev­i­dence that the of­fi­cers have given them – to make a call and I ex­pect that, as al­ways, the de­bate is ro­bust but very re­spect­ful,” he said.

“When we have a full pub­lic gallery we have great re­spect again for the fact the 11 elected mem­bers that are likely to be present next week, have been elected by the broader elec­torate and not just by the peo­ple in the room.”

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