City backs down on parking fees
THE City of Perth has backed down on all day paid parking at JH Abrahams Reserve in Crawley after windsurfers and kite surfers protested against the controversial fees.
“It’s a great outcome and it’s good seeing the City supporting windsurfers and kite surfers that use that carpark and the community by encouraging recreation by families in general,” Windsurfing WA president Tim Brazier said.
In March, the City imposed all day, all weekend charges at the reserve carpark at the former Qantas flying boat ramp at the southern end of UWA.
Until council border changes in 2016, the carpark had been under the control of the City of Subiaco, which did not charge after 5pm on weekdays and on weekends.
Perth lawyer Emiliya Peneva organised a 300-signature petition that was circulated among the windsurfing and kitesurfing communities objecting to the charges, saying it would stop families, kite surfers and windsurfers using the reserve.
Ms Peneva was told last Friday by the council’s complaints department the City would bring JH Abraham’s carpark in line with Matilda Bay fees and not charge after 5pm weekdays and weekends, but there would be a $2 an hour fee 8am to 5pm weekdays.
“I think they’ll all now be very happy because I went there a few times since the 24-hour charge and the reserve was dead and the carpark empty,” Ms Peneva said.
The reviewed fees will be trialled and monitored for three months.
City of Perth chair of commissioners Eric Lumsden said the fee schedule was “updated” to 24-7 to increase car bay turnover.