City of South Perth puts brakes on free parking initiative at South Perth Esplanade

The South Perth Esplanade will revert back to paid parking from June 30.
The South Perth Esplanade will revert back to paid parking from June 30.

VISITORS and residents will not receive first hour free parking on the South Perth Esplanade after the City of South Perth voted to abolish its initiative last night .

The City’s first hour free parking was introduced on the foreshore in 2017, following a petition from local residents that sought to attract more visitors to the Mends Street Precinct and provide locals with a free parking option while construction disrupted road usage.

However, an officer’s report recommended the scheme be revoked as there had been a recorded decrease of 33 per cent in paid tickets issued at designated carparks and roadside bays from Harper Terrace to Queen Street, which resulted in a $138,000 revenue loss for the City from May 2017 to April 2018.

With the report also stating the City was of the view that there was sufficient free and paid parking available in the Mends Street Precinct to cater for the present demand, councillors unanimously adopted its recommendation, which will come into effect on June 30.

For those wishing to explore the precinct, free time restricted parking is available on Mends Street, while first hour free parking has remains at the South Shore Centre.

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