Australia Day parking made easy for commuters

L-R: Christine Stewart of Kensington (Past President and Member of the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay) and Chris Oakeley of Nedlands (Treasurer, Rotary Club of Matilda Bay. Picture: David Baylis.
L-R: Christine Stewart of Kensington (Past President and Member of the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay) and Chris Oakeley of Nedlands (Treasurer, Rotary Club of Matilda Bay. Picture: David Baylis.

MORE than 400 parking bays, only a short walk to Kings Park, can be reserved by commuters planning to watch the City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks.

Rotary Club of Matilda Bay will offer commuters the opportunity to reserve a car bay, before January 26, at the car park precinct along Ord Street opposite Havelock Street for a $22 fee.

The Club has organised parking reservations for locals on Australia Day within the city for 15 years, and in the past two years car bay space has reached capacity.

Rotary Club of Matilda Bay former president and member Christine Stewart said if the reserved parking wasn’t available, locals would have to hike to Kings Park to watch the fireworks.

“It’s just about the closest place they want to get to when they’re loaded up with all their things,” she said.

“The car parking area around here is miles away and it’s not short term walking – the nearest parking station is along Hay Street and Collins Street which is quite a hike when you have kids, an esky and chairs to carry.”

Ms Stewart said about $7000 funds raised in 2019 through parking bay sales which went towards Rotary Club of Matilda Bay Projects and the same will be done with this year’s profits.

“Current and ongoing local projects of the Rotary Club to which funds will be allocated include ongoing maintenance now in its 31st year of the Memorial Garden for Stillborn Children at King Edward Hospital for Women, and direct funding of an indigenous scholar at UWA Medical School,” she said.

Commuters must book a car bay online in advance where they will receive an entry ticket to be scanned on arrival and then displayed on their dashboard.

Parking will open at 2pm until 6.30pm and casual parking will also be available on the day but it’s not guaranteed.

To book go to https://bit.ly/2R187Nn