City backs down on park­ing fees

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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