THE City of Swan will soon roll out paid street parking in Midland’s CBD in a bid to improve and regulate parking in the area.
Ticket machines have been installed in key locations and will begin operating on January 30.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the paid parking would enable more customers to visit businesses in the area and prevent long-term parking by commuters or employees.
“Not only does it discourage people from parking on the street all day, it encourages turnover so more people can visit the CBD area more often,” he said.
Cr Wainwright said the on-street parking bays would still have a free parking period of up to one hour but a ticket would now need to be displayed.
“Free parking in the CBD is not lost; the original free parking period will still apply,” he said.
“The only change is that people can now stay longer by purchasing a ticket, rather than having to move on.”
Paid parking will be in place Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 6pm (excluding public holidays) and will cost $2 an hour.
Midland/Guildford ward Councillor Mark Elliott said the community would benefit from the initiative in several ways.
“The City and local businesses have joined together to reward those who do the right thing with free coffee vouchers which will not only support the paid parking initiative but help drive trade to local businesses,” he said.
“Any proceeds from paid parking will be invested back into infrastructure within Midland CBD to continually improve the experience of residents, businesses and visitors to the area.”
For more information on paid parking and maps, go to the City’s parking section on the website.