Darwin City Council increased its revenue from fees and fines by around $500,000 year on year, according to the NTnews.com.au site. This included an increase in fines from $917,000 to $1,193,000, and an increase in fees from $3,597,000 to $4,042,000 from the previous year.
The Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyer said that this could be attributed to the city’s growing population and better parking use, coupled with a small fee rise.
He also went on to say that parking was ‘complex’, and that he ‘would like to see the council generate more revenue and use it to pay for other responsibilities’. An understandable sentiment, although defining parking management only in terms of revenue outcomes always leads to negative reactions from the public at large.