Charging furore puts paid parking plan on hold

Deep Water Point is a popular place to launch boats and other water craft. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Deep Water Point is a popular place to launch boats and other water craft. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

The City of Melville has back-flipped on its plan to charge for parking at Deep Water Point on Monday, acknowledging the outrage expressed by locals to the surprise plan.

The council has installed new machines and signs at the popular Mt Pleasant riverfront carpark so that it could charge picnickers and cafe users $2.30 per hour, up to $12 per day.

The move surprised locals, given there had been no prior consultation.

But in a statement on Friday the city’s acting chief executive said the start date for charging for parking would be delayed to give elected councillors time to provide direction.

The statement confirmed feedback from the community and stakeholders had brought about the pause.

“We have looked at the urgency of the matter and will provide further advice and information regarding the introduction of paid parking for cars at Deep Water Point, subject to direction from Council,” Mick McCarthy said.

“We are still encouraging people to utilise parking along the Esplanade and at Mount Henry Bridge to help reduce congestion at the site.”

A notice of motion will be put to the councillors at their meeting next Tuesday meeting.

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