Freo's View


Posted in cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on June 3, 2017


Few things annoy me more than criticism and negative comments which are not based on facts, and the urban myth that Fremantle has parking problems, not enough parking bays, and that parking is expensive here is one of them.

Yesterday I read a comment on social media from a woman who claimed there is just no parking near Target when she and her mother go shopping in that area. Really?!

A two-minute walk away from Target is the large Wilson carpark on the corner of Queen and Cantonment streets, down the road from there are the Woolstores shopping centre, Point Street and Adelaide Plaza carparks, and there is street parking in Cantonment, Adelaide, Queen and Point streets. It is also just a three-minute walk from the Queensgate carpark when one exits at Queen Street.

Criticism from residents and CBD businesses about parking in Fremantle just don’t add up. Let me remind everyone that Fremantle residents with a parking permit can park for free on weekdays from 3pm to 11 am. That is 20 hours of free parking every day from Monday to Friday! There is also all day free weekend parking at the Beach Street carpark for residents of Freo.

Plus there is first hour free parking in City carparks, and several carparks are offering all day parking specials for just around $ 10.00 per day.

Not sufficient parking bays? I think there are over 500 of them and here they are: Parry Street carpark, Queensgate, William Street carpark near the Fremantle Markets, Collie Street carpark, Italian Club carpark, four carparks along Mews Road. It only takes ten minutes from there to the Cappuccino Strip, plus on-street parking in Norfolk, Essex, Collie, Nairn, Pakenham, Henry, Mouat streets.

Then there are the Shipwreck Museum and Little High Street carparks and on-street parking in Croke, Cliff and High streets.

For cheapos who don’t want to pay a cent for parking there is three-hour free parking on the South Mole, a leisurely 15-minute walk from Market Street, and there is huge parking on Victoria Quay all the way from the Maritime Museum to the railway station, plus on-street parking all along Phillimore Street.

We then end up where I started at the Wilson carpark one enters at Elders Place and the Beach Street carpark.

I might have forgotten some parking locations because I am writing this just from memory.

The City of Fremantle is also planning a new carpark at the Stan Reilley centre site as part of the Fremantle Oval project and a new one in Parry Street next to the tennis club.

On street parking fees in Fremantle are around $ 3.00 per hour I believe while the City of Perth has just increased theirs to $ 5.00 per hour.

The urban myth that Fremantle has parking problems is rubbish, but parking straight in front of the shop or cafe one wants to go to could be problematic, as it is in shopping centres such as Garden City where one has to park miles away from the shops one frequents.

As I wrote before; the glass is half full in Freo!

Roel Loopers

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  1. Lionel said, on June 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Paul, Rob was suggesting the person in question just drop their mum off at the shop then find a park further away.

    Roel, the resident parking permits are great but they are such a f*&^ing pain to obtain. You have to bring all manner of documents into CoF offices to get a red stamp from the bureaucracy – why don’t they just issue them to residents with their rates?

  2. Wayne Williams said, on June 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I will never park at any Wilson parking – did some research after they Changed the “free” hours at Wooworths
    over Christmas a number of years ago – owned by Sirona Capital.

    Wilson Parking have been labelled as “Corporate Psychopaths” by Subiaco Council.
    Subiaco councillor lashes Wilson Parking as ‘corporate psychopaths’:

    HK tycoons ‘own but don’t control’ Wilson Security:

    Wilson Parking Don’t pay their taxes?

    Also the New Sirona Capitals’ new Quest Apartments – around 122 but apparently no parking – but guests can park in the Wilson Parking EShed Markets – ouch.

  3. freoishome said, on June 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Rob are you saying your wish is to park in your favourite parking bay outside the shop so you can ensure the security of your mum? Presumably, that is what everyone ought to do if they have concerns about the security of their mums, and their partners, friends and children no doubt? We shouldn’t use public transport; we shouldn’t use car parks; we shouldn’t walk in inner cities, particularly not CoF.

  4. Robert said, on June 3, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Roel ,
    You are pretty much right and it is a perceived thing that should be put out to the wider community and especially to those who don’t frequent Fremantle too often to know there way around. However please put a warning sign up. Wilson car park is Highway robbery . Please have a look at there hourly rate and compare it with Street parking right out side and the one hour free at the Wool Stores. A resent occasion a friend of mine was waiting for me to come out of the bank . there was no street parking and not wanting to waist fuel He pulled into Wilson’s but thought I would not see him or the van so he got out and stood on the edge . Probably 2-3min. Back at the van was A $80 dollar ticket . Even though He tried to feed the machine with a couple of coins . It was broken.
    This is not isolated and I Refuse to enter any of their parks. I would rather walk a 1000 m

  5. Rob Fittock said, on June 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    would dropping Mum off in front of the shop, watch her go in for her security then going to find a parking spot amongst the 100s around then walk back to the shop to meet her make any sense?

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