Park­ing law de­ferred

Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Horton

A de­ci­sion on pro­posed changes to the City of Rock­ing­ham’s park­ing lo­cal law, in­clud­ing fines be­ing in­creased from $65 to $100 for most in­fringe­ments, has been de­ferred.

Coun­cil­lors voted 6-3 at last week’s coun­cil meet­ing to de­fer the item un­til the De­cem­ber 18 meet­ing af­ter an al­ter­nate mo­tion to ed­u­cate res­i­dents on the most com­mon park­ing in­fringe­ments via the City Chronicle was de­feated 4-5.

A mo­tion was fore­shad­owed to de­fer the item for six months be­cause the tim­ing to up­date the

law co­in­cided with works at the Rock­ing­ham Beach fore­shore, which has seen the amount of avail­able park­ing re­duced.

How­ever, the City’s man­ager of gov­er­nance and coun­cil­lor sup­port Peter Var­ris said a six­month de­fer­ment would mean start­ing the whole process, in­clud­ing pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, again. If ap­proved, the new lo­cal law was to be gazetted in mid-Jan­uary with City hav­ing just 14 days to en­act it. In light of this, Cr Lee Down­ham pro­posed the month de­fer­ment so Mr Var­ris could in­ves­ti­gate and re­ceive ad­vice on whether coun­cil could de­fer the time­frame for the en­act­ment of the lo­cal law as coun­cil needed “time to con­sider (the law) given the unique po­si­tion with the fore­shore”.

The item will go back to the coun­cil on De­cem­ber 18 as there is not be enough time for it to be in­cluded in the agenda for the next Cor­po­rate and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Coun­cil­lors will make a de­ci­sion on the new park­ing lo­cal law next month.

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