Eyes on the meter

UNPOPULAR new parking meters in Mount Lawley might be removed if Stirling councillor Joe Ferrante gets his way.

Parking meters were installed mid-year in council carparks on Field Street and at 679 and 680 Beaufort Street in Mt Lawley.

The first hour was free before a $2/hr fee kicked in, but local realtor Stuart Irving says that for more than a month there was no signage to let people know about the freebie, so drivers just bypassed the car parks.

“Just how long does it take?” he wrote in an email to the council.

“I can order a ‘For Sale’ sign for a property and have it installed in less than three days.”

At the September 4 council meeting, Cr Ferrante put up a notice of motion to this week’s council meeting asking for parking relief.

He’d initially tabled a motion suggesting they give drivers the first three hours free, but then decided he wanted the meters removed.

The motion will be voted on at the next Stirling council meeting, and in the meantime they’ll stick bags over the meters to temporarily put them out of action.


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