PLANS to introduce paid parking at Guilderton have been deferred by the Shire of Gingin.
The Shire of Gingin was going to introduce paid parking for visitors at the end of this month, but decided to defer those plans after a motion passed at the December electors’ AGM called for the council to reconsider the plan.
Shire President David Roe said the council resolved on December 20 to introduce metered parking at the Guilderton Foreshore carpark, overlooking the Moore River mouth, and issue free parking passes to ratepayers within the 6041 postcode.
“Given the Guilderton Foreshore’s popularity with tourists and locals – particularly during busy peak periods – Council considered the installation of paid ticket parking machines as an option to address parking congestion concerns,” he said.
The council considered the December 22 electors’ motion at its January 17 meeting and agreed to have administration prepare a report on the potential implications of the resolution by mid-May.
Cr Roe said it deferred implementation of the paid parking until it could consider the report.
Last month he said the council “did not wish to penalise” the Guilderton community, hence the resident parking option.
“The Shire has already undertaken considerable improvements to the foreshore, including the installation of a boat ramp, fixed deck area and finger jetty, and re-design and re-surfacing of the carpark, which will now include ticket parking machines,” he said.
“The carpark will be a combination of paid ticket parking, with free timed parking available in front of the Guilderton Store.
“It is expected these improvements will increase the number of patrons or visitors to the foreshore and ticket parking ($5 per day per vehicle) will be used to offset increased maintenance and upkeep costs of the foreshore such as additional rubbish collections, ablution and facilities cleaning, lawn maintenance.”
Cr Roe said money raised would go into a restricted cash account, and there would be free parking at the top carpark and on residential streets for any overflow.
Recent upgrades to the parking area have increased its capacity from 107 bays to 127 bays, with 22 of those for boats or trailers, two for boat or trailer rigging and two for caravans.