Light at the end of the tun­nel for park­ing de­bate

South Western Times - - Point Of View -

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.

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