Foreshore parking issues on City of Rockingham agenda

Council Chambers
Council Chambers

PARKING was a hot topic at the City of Rockingham’s meeting last night.

During question time Marc Kenley, who owns businesses on the foreshore, said a lack of parking and the foreshore redevelopment had significantly affected businesses.

Mr Kenley said 65 parking bays had been removed from the foreshore as part of the redevelopment.

He said in the past four months he had laid off four full-time staff and seven casual staff due to a decline in trade.

“Sales are down astronomically,” he said.

Mr Kenley said the 30- minute parking bays were not practical for people wanting to patronise restaurants and cafes.

He said people had to walk a long distance to get to the foreshore due to a lack of parking.

He called for the City to delay resuming the foreshore redevelopment until winter.

However, Mayor Barry Sammels said there were contractual agreements in place for the redevelopment works to resume in February.

Mr Sammels and some councillors said there was often parking available behind the Gary Holland Community Centre.

Mr Sammels said it was difficult to get parking on the Cottesloe foreshore and other coastal towns.

He said as Rockingham continued to grow, residents should not expect to park on the foreshore.

The City of Rockingham passed a motion directing the chief executive investigate further options at the Rockingham Foreshore to increase parking capacity in the short term to compensate for the on-street carparking reduced as a consequence of the townscape improvements currently being undertaken.

The City of Rockingham also passed a Local Parking Law for parking fines to increase from $65 to $100.

The $65 parking penalty was made in 2006. The $65 penalty was now considered too low to act as a deterrent to parking illegally and was disproportional to the costs of collection by the City if unpaid.

The increase to a $100 modified penalty was in line with other local governments.