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STOP FREE PARKING FOR FREO CITY STAFF

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 2, 2017

 

Now that the City of Fremantle has sold the Queensgate carpark to Sirona Capital I wonder if they will continue with the expensive incentive of free staff parking for hundreds of employees.

There would have been substantial loss in parking revenue from Queensgate, but now the City will have to pay for parking and that would be even more costly.

I understand that during the 30-months construction of the Kings Square Project staff will park at the Beach Street carpark, but what will happen once the new Civic Centre is completed?

It seems very inconsistent with Fremantle Council’s desire to reduce car traffic in the inner city when it rewards hundreds of staff to drive to work, although Kings Square is just minutes away from public transport.

Isn’t it time the City of Fremantle stopped encouraging staff to drive to work?

Roel Loopers

 

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  1. freoview said, on July 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

    City of Fremantle has aquired property in O’Connor for a new works depot so the one at Knutsford Street will be developed when the market is a bit kinder, so that option does not exists and the new Civic Centre will be built at Kings Square.

    I know that top management often do get free parking as part of the employment package, but that should ony apply to a handful of employees, not hundred. It’s inconsistent with Councils desire to reduce cars in the cbd.

    Roel

  2. freoview said, on July 4, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I have no doubt the officers are aware of that obligation.

    Roel

  3. Lionel said, on July 4, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I hope the CoF have been declaring this as a fringe benefit or they might have to answer to the ATO

  4. freoishome said, on July 4, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Roel, the point I was making was not about the availability of parking in Freo’s Entertainment Precinct/CBD, rather what the major employers provide employees. There is significant parking within the Hospital assigned to staff parking, Woolworth’s have parking for staff next to the Undertakers, do Coles provide parking for some staff. FPA and I suspect Patrick’s supply parking on North Mole. Challenge Tafe also provide staff parking.
    What about other LAs, do they provide free parking for some staff. CoF also provide free parking at their Works Dept.
    So as much as CoF encourage using alternatives to motoring to work, they still need to employ quality staff, and that probably requires perks like parking.
    If the point about CoF parking is limited to CBD parking, then maybe CoF could supply staff parking at the Works Dept and supply bikes or increased bike parking to get into the City from there. But, I get the feeling this is a whinge.
    I don’t know why we need CoF admin staff in the entertainment precinct at all. The easy parking, etc, at the Works Dept would be convenient for ratepayers needing to engage/speak to staff. Having the library and other community facilities in the CBD is a very different requirement.
    Paul

  5. freoview said, on July 3, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Port has underground parking, Patricks would be north of the port and not impact on Fremantle parking, hospital staff used to take up local streets until Freo Council introduced two-hour restrictions and residents permits.
    Some Coles staff park on the footpath at the derelict Woolstores, just inside the property boundaries, so can’t be fined. Looks awful though!

    Roel

  6. Sam said, on July 3, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Especially no free parking for the callous inspector that recently fined me for parking outside my own house!

  7. freoishome said, on July 3, 2017 at 8:12 am

    I’m all in favour of more people walking, bike and public transport. However, what do Woolies, Coles, Port Authority, Patricks, Hospital, etc do with staff parking? What about other LAs?

  8. Clayton Gunning said, on July 2, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    There should be no free parking for Council’s staff; the only free parking should be for council’s vehicles. I was surprised to read employees were receiving free parking as a condition or benefit of their employment.


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