Parking policy reversed

But Curtin Student Guild president Jason Giancono said students would still be charged during tuition free weeks.

He believes the university will seek to reintroduce paid parking in exam periods in years to come.

�Deferring decisions for a year to avoid criticism is something that has been done before,� Mr Giancono said. �For instance, they got rid of whole year parking permits for students in 2013, which was originally supposed to happen in 2012.

�Instead of viewing this situation as damage control, I hope that Curtin rethink their entire approach to parking and introduce a system that is fair and equitable.�

Mr Giancono launched a petition, which 1831 staff and students signed, encouraging the university to reverse its decision.

He believes because of the petition and media attention, Curtin were forced to take a �step in the right direction�.

Curtin University corporate services vice president Ian Callahan said Curtin was changing its parking system to meet State Government objectives on parking bay limits.

�Our aim is to introduce paid parking throughout the year so we can fund viable alternative and sustainable transport choices to ease traffic congestion around Curtin and surrounding communities, and make access to Curtin easier for students and staff,� Mr Callahan said.

Revenue raised from paid parking is used to support other transport and access initiatives, including Curtin�s bus services, and the construction of bicycle paths, pedestrian lighting and end-of-trip facilities.

�Our aim is to offer sound alternatives to single occupancy drivers and parking revenue is used for these and other initiatives,� Mr Callahan said.