Problem solving parking in Freo

The parking challenges in Freo are sometimes overstated but clearly people are being caught out with hefty fines and there is some room for improvement.  A Council working group was formed to develop strategies to make parking work better for residents and visitors alike. These initiatives are coming to this week’s SGS meeting for debate on Wednesday 10 October.

Night time parking fees

I’m pleased that one of my campaign suggestions was adopted – to make night time street parking a flat rate all night. If this gets approved, you will only need to pay a maximum of $4 to park on the street at night in Freo, regardless of how long you stay. You wont need to go back to your car to feed the meter.

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BID for better business?

As a founding member of the Business Improvement Group of Northbridge (BIG N), participating on behalf of a local business, I have experience and a word of caution regarding the proposed Business Improvement District (BID).

The current pool of funds (approx $300,000) raised through the differential rate is a substantial amount of money available to invest in growing local business – I have run successful national marketing campaigns with less. However, as soon as you start talking about employing staff, setting up an office and so on, that money quickly disappears with nothing actually happening. Continue reading