It is not everyday Freo gets a good news story on parking!

It is not everyday Freo gets a good news story on parking so I just had to share this Sunday Times story

South Perth collects $64,000 in parking fines on Australia Day, Fremantle collects none

City of South Perth parking inspectors issued 360 parking infringements on Australia Day

City of South Perth parking inspectors issued 360 parking infringements on Australia Day totalling $64,720.

THE battle of the Australia Day bang has transformed into the clash of the parking inspectors.

The City of South Perth raked in more than $64,000 in parking fines on January 26 at the Skyworks show, touted as the country’s biggest and longest Australia Day fireworks.

That represented an 1100 per cent increase in parking infringements on that public holiday compared with a normal day.

But in Fremantle, where the cities of Fremantle and Cockburn have joined forces for their Indian Ocean Fireworks, not a single parking fine was levied.

Authorities in the port city say they prefer to focus their efforts on people having a good time.

The City of South Perth usually issues about 30 parking tickets on a typical day.

But on January 26, its inspectors issued 360 parking infringements totalling $64,720 in fines.

The council has collected almost $190,000 in parking fines on the past three Australia Days, including this year.

On Australia Day in 2014, it issued 404 parking infringements totalling $74,100.

And on the same day in 2013, $50,740 was collected through the 288 fines handed out.

The City of Fremantle said it did not issue a single parking ticket this Australia Day or last year.

City of Fremantle corporate services director Glen Dougall said: “With the range of activities happening in Fremantle on Australia Day … we like to focus our resources on ensuring everyone enjoys the day, rather than on enforcement.”

The City of South Perth warned residents and visitors before this year’s Skyworks show that parking fines would be doubled on Australia Day.

That meant the $100 fine for stopping contrary to a “No stopping” sign jumped to $200.

The council said the majority of infringements this year were for vehicles parked in no-stopping zones, followed by vehicles in no-parking zones.

A small number of fines were also handed out to drivers who parked in disabled bays without a permit.

“Throughout the day seven tickets were issued for vehicles parked in disabled bays without a permit,” South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said.

“One vehicle was parked in a no-stopping zone, obstructing a resident from exiting their property and was therefore impounded and (was) collected the following day.”

Figures released late last year by the council show it issued 6695 parking fines in 2013/14.

The council later withdrew 183 of them, which represented less than 3 per cent of the total.

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3 Responses to It is not everyday Freo gets a good news story on parking!

  1. Frank O'Neill says:

    Not so quick there with the self promotion Brad. You were made aware over a year ago of the discrimination within the Cities parking procedures against our permanently disabled serviceman and servicewomen. Whereby the City has denied parking concessions to over 60% of these disabled because they do not belong to the correct Ex Service Organization that the City has a privileged arrangement with. I ask Brad when is the City going to remove this discrimination and grant all permanently disabled servicemen and servicewomen women of our ADF the concession that you provide to the few. The anniversary of ANZAC would be a good time to announce the removal of the discrimination. Yours Frank O’Neill mentally disabled veteran.

    • Frank.
      As you are aware staff didn’t support your suggestion due to some practicalities. Happy to revisit this to see if any of these have been overcome.
      cheers, Brad

      • Frank O'Neill says:

        Hi Brad no I was not aware that Council staff made the policy on whether the City extended its parking concession to all permanently disabled of our Defence Force or just to a few of them who belonged to certain a organisation. I mistakenly thought that it was the elected Councillors who made such policy on behalf of the good people of Fremantle. Having spoken to a few of these good people they cannot understand why their generosity is not extended to all our permanently disabled servicemen and servicewomen but restricted to the privileged few that the Council staff have preference for. On consulting with the staff: I tried on six separate occasions visiting the Council offices to speak to the person in charge of parking . I was told he was either on holiday or unavailable. I left my phone number on these occasion but never received a response. I trust you will have a less discriminatory conclusion to your talks with the Council staff in this the 100th year we commemorate the 68,000 Australians who gave their lives so we can live in privileged freedom and to those who gave of their future lifes health and dreams who now live in disability. I do not think it to much to ask that the Council staff see their way clear to accommodate removing the discrimination they have engineered for we disabled ANZACs.
        Frank O’Neill, disabled veteran

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