City defends parking fee rise

Councillors agreed to increase parking fees by 6 per cent, capped to a $1 increase for the 10-hour weekday rate at all on-street and off-street bays.

Parking at City of Perth carparks will cost between $2.30 (at Heirisson Island) and $5 (Perth Convention Centre) per hour.

The increase translates to fees rising by between 20 and 30 cents per hour, and is similar to fees charged by the cities of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the increased costs were minimal in comparison to private parking. A report to council said Wilson parking managed in the city cost between $4 and $17 for the first hour.

‘City of Perth carparks are very safe and we are always investing in new technologies,’ Ms Scaffidi said.

‘A lot of our parking revenue goes back into the general revenue, which we reinvest.’

Cr Rob Butler said the increase was a ‘responsible’ decision.

He said initiatives such as the free CAT buses, which cost the City $10.4 million, would not be viable without revenue from parking.

A report to council said the higher fees would help cover rising costs associated with managing parking facilities, in particular an increase in the State Government parking levy, security, depreciation, and management and maintenance.

Sunday parking fees will be set at $8 at Pier Street, His Majesty’s, Fire Station and Cultural Centre carparks to help entice shoppers into the city. A flat night fee will also be implemented at some carparks near major venues to encourage people to attend events in the city.

Council also agreed to investigate the possibility of building a new carpark in Northbridge, and redeveloping the Convention Centre and Newcastle Street carparks.