Report calls for City of Perth to increase CBD parking fees

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A CALL to increase CBD parking fees has come weeks after City of Perth councillors’ failed push for free parking.

A Grattan Institute report released this month focussed on traffic congestion in Sydney and Melbourne.

Co-author Hugh Batrouney suggested measures for Perth to implement to avoid the same problems included higher parking levies to reduce congestion.

Councillor Reece Harley’s move in August to trial free half-hour parking on Royal Street in East Perth was defeated by a majority vote.

The motion gained support from Cr Jemma Green and deputy mayor James Limnios and was a reaction to a petition signed by more than 1100 people demanding free parking.

Mr Limnios, who recently took on the duties of Lord Mayor, said he would continue to push for free parking in the CBD to help struggling businesses.

In the lead up to this month’s local government election, other candidates have also pledged to pursue free parking or a review of parking charges if elected.

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