Light at the end of the tunnel for parking debate
The parking debate in Bunbury is set to be finalised on Tuesday night when Bunbury City Council votes on its next move. The recommendations to the council are based on parking data and community feedback from an extensive consultation process.
With a long history of angst and passionate discussion around the city’s parking strategy, it is highly likely next week’s debate will again spark some emotive comments and deputations.
The council should be acknowledged for listening to the concerns of retailers in the CBD and undertaking consultation and community workshops on the matter.
Likewise, retailers and community members who have taken part in the process are to be commended for showing an interest and taking the time to provide their opinion.
Those opinions from both sides of the argument need to be heard and taken into consideration and it appears the extensive consultation and results have helped to do just that.
Once the vote is taken next week and a decision is made, it is well and truly time to put the parking debate to bed.
It is well-known that parking has been a key talking point in Bunbury for several years, so it is time to start talking about the reasons people should visit the city.
The focus should get off parking and onto what Bunbury has to offer as the State’s second city and a tourist destination.