Victoria Park acting chief executive Anthony Vuleta said the State Government had looked at the possibility of light rail along the Albany Highway from the CBD, and the Town would be open to further discussion of the idea.
Mr Vuleta said locations for multi-storey carparks would have to be determined after thorough investigation and analysis of its viability for the Town.
This financial year, surplus funds raised from user-pays parking will be directed into more bicycle parking facilities and ACROD bays, lighting and carpark paving upgrades, and improved access to ticket machines near Oats Street train station.
Mr Vuleta said that businesses and residents were happy with the outcomes of a fast-tracked review of paid parking, originally scheduled for August, and the Town would continue to engage with business and residents during the plan’s ongoing implementation.
‘Reviews are scheduled six-monthly so adjustments can be made to ensure it remains effective, but on this occasion we recognised the need to respond more quickly,’ he said.
One happy business owner is Beth McLoughlin, from Ms Demeanour Boutique on Albany Highway near Mint Street, who said while she would have preferred no paid parking, she was pleased the free parking period had been increased from 15 to 30 minutes and paid parking stopped at 8pm instead of midnight.
Ms McLoughlin said 30 minutes was more realistic for people to get a coffee and browse or do a bit of shopping without being rushed.
She also said the changes had stopped people parking in the four private bays behind her shop to escape paying for parking, inconveniencing staff and customers.