ON-STREET parking is the next step needed to slow traffic on Osborne Park’s Main Street, according to Main Street Co-Op co-chairwoman Tania Pietracatella.
Flashing 40km/h signs were installed in October as part of a two-year trial by the City of Stirling, but Mrs Pietracatella believes it will not work in isolation.
The Co-Op wants on-street parking established, which she said would help slow traffic.
“The road is so wide and kind of has that freeway feel and people just fly through it,” she said.
“The community wants the traffic slowed down.”
Mrs Pietracatella believed it would also encourage more people to visit businesses on the strip.
“People will stop their cars for five minutes, pop in and get a coffee or something,” she said.
Osborne Park Pharmacy owner and Co-Op co-chairman Louis Anastasas said on-street parking would revitalise the area, slow traffic and make the community safer.
“When the community feels safer, they will feel empowered to stop and utilise the area and amenities,” he said.
“Our Main Street community can then become great again.”
Mr Anastasas said it was important the 40km/h trial be successful and permanently implemented, but believed the best way forward was for the City to create an urban design plan which would address any issues from business owners about parking.
Mrs Pietracatella also wanted the City to implement a plan to help activate the area.
“We have been fighting for a plan from the City of Stirling since day dot,” she said.
“You’re not going to hold an event on a freeway; it’s just too unsafe.
“The main issue on Main Street is the safety.”
City planning manager Frazer Hendersen said the City established an urban design study for Main Street to run until 2018-19 and a community vision workshop would be held on Saturday, December 9.
“Further community engagement will occur in early 2018 when a design workshop is planned to be held in March, followed by an open day to allow comments on the first draft plan in June,” he said.
“The plan will then be further developed and a draft for public advertising will be produced and reported to council for approval for formal advertising, anticipated to occur in November 2018, and with the final plan being adopted in the first or second quarter of 2019.”
Osborne Park resident Lisa Thornton moved a motion at last Monday’s Stirling electors’ meeting to establish on-street parking on Main Street, which was supported by attendees.
The minutes from the electors’ meeting will be put to the council on December 5.