Guilderton foreshore visitors to pay

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The Shire of Gingin will charge visitors to the Guilderton foreshore but shire ratepayers will get free passes. Picture: Anita McInnes

VISITORS to the Guilderton foreshore will have to pay for parking after the Shire of Gingin voted at it July meeting to adopt the results of a survey.

At the annual general meeting of electors in Guilderton in December last year the proposed installation of parking meters was opposed by a majority of residents, who maintained paid parking would be detrimental for businesses in the coastal town.

But on Thursday, August 3 the shire said it would implement paid parking at the Guilderton foreshore after 171 people completed a survey on the issue.

Shire of Gingin president David Roe said 84 per cent of the survey respondents lived in the shire and 16 per cent resided elsewhere.

Cr Roe said 101 people approved of plan to introduce paid parking at the Guilderton foreshore.

He said the plan was to charge visitors $2 an hour or $10 a day but parking at the foreshore would be free for Shire of Gingin ratepayers, who would receive two free parking passes in their rate notice mail out.

“We understand this move will not be popular with some sections of the community, however we sought community input on the matter via the survey and the results speak for themselves,” he said.

Cr Roe said three people voted for an option for free unlimited parking with an increase in rates (the whole shire paid), six people were in favour of free unlimited parking and the introduction of a specified area rate levy (one area of the shire paid) and 29 people approved of free unlimited parking with no change in the shire’s policy.

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