Stirling Council approves Main Street parking in Osborne Park

Main Street, Osborne Park. Picture: Matt Jelonek.
Main Street, Osborne Park. Picture: Matt Jelonek.

A COMMUNITY group trying to activate Main Street in Osborne Park is praising a council decision to implement on-street parking.

Main Street Co-op has been fighting for traffic calming along the street and helped introduce a 40km/h speed limit trial in October.

Stirling Council endorsed Cr Giovanni Italiano’s motion at its July 3 meeting to establish 18 on-street parking bays along Main Street between Eldorado and Federal streets.

This was despite a City report that said it was not viable because businesses were set back from the road and there were existing bays in front of them, as well as off-street carparks.

Co-op chairwoman Lisa Thornton said the City identified on-street parking as a “quick win” to slow traffic during its recent urban design study.

“The Main Street Co-op has been working tirelessly with all stakeholders to raise awareness of the safety benefits of on-street parking for both the community and local businesses,” she said.

“The co-op supports parking all the way from Eldorado to Cape, with priority of implementation given to the retail-restaurant section of Main Street.”

The City will provide another report on installing parking further south to Cape Street.

A 2016 report found it would not be viable to do this between Federal and Cape streets because it was unlikely to be well used and would require footpath construction and removing 13 mature trees.

Cr Italiano said 50 bays could be provided in that section, which would “help everybody”, and suggested businesses were leaving the area because of a lack of parking.

“Whatever parking we can get in that area is fantastic,” he said.

But Cr Adam Spagnolo said parking from Federal to Cape streets was not a priority and wanted the council to wait for the report detailing costs and design to decide if it was a “goer”.

On-street parking between Federal and Eldorado streets will be free and time restricted.