Perth free off-street car parking set to disappear

The City of Perth announced this week the
introduction of paid parking in the remaining four free Perth car parks: Victoria
Gardens and Mardalup Park in East Perth, Heirisson Island and John Oldham Park
on Mounts Bay Road.

City of Perth’s proposed fees will range from $1.90 an
hour at Heirisson Island to $3 an hour at John Oldham Park and apply from Monday
to Friday between 8am and 6pm, to ensure that commuters and city workers do not
use the facilities for all day car parking. These car parks were conveniently
located for park and ride purposes by commuters parking there for free and then
catching the CAT bus to Perth CBD.

City of Perth
chief executive Frank Edwards said fees were the best way to discourage
long-term commuter car parking.

According to The West Australian newspaper, other City
of Perth car parking fees are set to rise between 10¢ and 30¢ an hour from July
1 as the council banks on raising almost $60 million from parking fees in
2011-12. Budget papers that were to be tabled at a  on June 9 should reveal an increase of about 3
per cent for off-street parking, or 10¢ an hour more at most car parks.

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