Free to park at Coogee

A rare sight: empty parking lots at popular Coogee Beach.        d436113
A rare sight: empty parking lots at popular Coogee Beach.        d436113

Coogee Beach has always been a popular spot and demand for parking � brought on by the popularity of the local caf�, the shark barrier and annual events like the Australia Day Breakfast and Coogee Beach Festival � has forced people to find free space wherever they can.

Coogee Beach Caf� barista Emma Belatti said it was nearly impossible to find a spot during peak periods, usually on the weekend, the school holidays and during summer.

She said there had been times when things had become heated as people jostled for the limited spaces.

Cockburn�s community services manager Rob Avard said creating a parking station under the City�s parking and parking facilities local law would allow the council to keep parking to prescribed areas and avoid damage to vegetation and sprinklers.

�As it is unclear what parking is permitted and not permitted, there are a great number of complaints from those who have been charged with infringements,� he said.

�Basically, the most fundamental change is that signage will be placed at the entrance to the carpark advising patrons that they can only park in designated car bays and if they park on the verge or on vegetation, they may be fined. There is no consideration being given to paid parking.�

While the change will only make it easier for the council to police where people park, and not do anything to increase parking availability, there could be some help in changes proposed in the Coogee Beach Landscape master plan, which council adopted in May.

Within the plan are provisions for additional parking space via modifications to the northern carpark.