AN overnight increase of 40 per cent in parking fees at a Wilson Parking carpark has left at least one local worker furious.
Tracy Routledge, who has an office above the E Shed and leaves her car in all-day parking at Victoria Quay, said she was shocked her fee had jumped almost 43 per cent from $7 to $10.
The change came into effect on July 1, but Ms Routledge, who parks there up to six times a week, said it took her until July 7 to notice because the parking machine had no sign on it announcing the increase.
“I felt ($7) was a reasonable amount to pay for parking in Fremantle,” she said. “When deciding to rent an office down here, the cost of parking was factored into my decision.
“I could have rented in Ardross and not paid for parking. That would have been more cost-efficient for me in light of the parking increase.”
She said she felt such a large increase was unfair and out of sync with annual CPI rises.
“I budgeted for an annual expenditure of $1750 on parking, now I am forced to pay an extra $750 with no warning,” she said. “I think a $1 an hour increase or $1.50 would have been acceptable.
“I will be looking for alternatives, but in bad weather and on days when I need to be in and out of my office attending meetings I will be forced to pay.”
Wilson Parking manages the carpark on behalf of Fremantle Ports. Ports external affairs manager Ainslie de Vos said this was the first increase at that site in two years.
“These new rates still compare favourably to City of Fremantle parking rates in prime locations,” she said.