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LET SANTA PAY FOR FREO PARKING!

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking by freoview on December 3, 2019

 

 

Santa Claus and his helpers are back in Freo spreading Christmas cheer and paying for shoppers’ parking.

The big guy from the North Pole will be visiting car parks and businesses in the city centre on Mondays through to Thursdays, handing out lollies to the kids and paying for parking, from now right up until Christmas Eve.

For tips on Santa’s whereabouts and updates on the latest sightings, check out the City of Fremantle Facebook page.

If you see Santa and his elf grab a selfie and tag the City of Fremantle.

Along with free parking Santa, the City of Fremantle’s Christmas shopping initiative to provide two-hour free parking at all of its off-street car parks has kicked off today.

The free parking offer will run until Boxing Day and be available Monday to Thursday from 9am-4pm via the City of Fremantle’s PayStay mobile parking app.

To take advantage of the free parking offer all people need to do is download the PayStay app and activate their parking sessions via the app.

It is no longer a requirement to pre-load credit to use PayStay. People who download the app and register for the first time using a postcode in the Perth metro area will have their minimum credit balance and minimum top-up amount automatically set to zero.

People who have already registered with PayStay can login to their account on the website or the app and set their minimum balances to zero.

The PayStay app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by visiting the PayStay website.

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FREEO PARKING CLARIFICATION

Posted in cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019

 

THERE WAS A COMMENT ABOUT THE FREE CHRISTMAS PARKING IN FREMANTLE AND THE CLAIM MOTORISTS HAD TO PAY UPFRONT TO USE THE NEW PARKING SERVICE, BUT THAT HAS CHANGED ACCORDING TO THE CITY OF FREMANTLE, SEE BELOW:

I noticed the comment on your post about the free parking offer via Paystay about having to ‘pre-load’ credit in order to use PayStay.

When PayStay was first launched that was true – although it wasn’t $20 (it required a minimum credit balance of $5 and then a minimum top up amount of $5, so effectively the pre-load was $10).

However based on the initial feedback we received from the public we got PayStay to change that quite some time ago.

Now people can go onto the PayStay website https://www.paystay.com.au/ (they can do this on their phone) and set their minimum balance and top-up to zero, which therefore means you pay as to you go.

And the free parking offer is not on weekends! Only Monday to Thursday.

Roel Loopers

FREE FREMANTLE CHRISTMAS PARKING

Posted in cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 30, 2019

 

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CHRISTMAS HAS COME EARLY! Starting this weekend, the City of Fremantle will be gifting 2 hours of FREE parking until Boxing Day! So whether you’re heading into Freo to do your shopping or enjoying a leisurely lunch, you can now bring the car and not worry about the cost!

To redeem, you will have to use PayStay at all of our off-street car parks. Keep an eye out for Free Parking Santa throughout December for special treats for the kiddies & if you’re lucky, he will also pay for your parking if you don’t have the app.

FREE-O CHRISTMAS PARKING

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, hospitality, local government, parking, retail, shopping, Uncategorized by freoview on November 15, 2019

 

People shopping in Fremantle will be getting free parking from December 2 to Boxing Day at 27 carparks in the CBD.

Motorists will be able to park for free for up to two hours from Monday to Thursday between 9am and 4pm in one of the 2,300 bays.

Fremantle Council is trying to do everything to convince people to shop locally in our port city.

I do support the free parking but question why it is for two hours only and not for a three-hour period, so that shoppers have time to shop more leisurely and have enough time also to enjoy lunch and breakfast.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE ON FREMANTLE PARKING METERS

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 22, 2019

 

I received this email from the City of Fremantle regarding issues with credit card payments at parking meters, so rest assured this is only temporarily:

Our parking meters are not ‘hard wired’. They rely on the 4G mobile network to process credit card payments.

Yesterday there were some intermittent network issues affecting all of our ticket machines that meant credit card payments could not be processed. These issues were beyond the control of the City and have now been resolved.

In addition, there are two ticket machines on Goldsbrough Street (I’m assuming these are the ones near the Woolstores that you referred to) where the credit card readers have malfunctioned. We are seeking to replace those faulty credit card readers as soon as possible.

So the unavailability of credit card payments for parking was due to technical issues, not because of any decision by the City to remove credit card payments.

One other thing is that we are going through the process of upgrading our ticket machines with new credit card readers that only accept PayWave/PayPass payments, rather than requiring people to insert their credit card into the machine. This will eventually be the case with all of our ticket machines.

Roel Loopers

LONGER PARKING AT HENDERSON STREET CAR PARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2019

 

Good news for Fremantle traders and for motorists that Sirona Capital has been able to extend the parking hours of the Henderson Street car park now that it is no longer attached to the development site.

New hours are Monday to Thursday 5am-11pm and Friday to Sunday 5am-2am.

What is not good though is that readers informed me that credit card payment at City of Fremantle owned parking meters all over town is no longer available, and the response they receive from the info desk is to get coins or the parking app. One lady from out of Freo was half an hour late for a meeting this morning because of the change. Ridiculous!

Roel Loopers

MAKE FREO PARKING SMARTER

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2019

 

Parking is always the talk of town in Fremantle, and while I don’t believe it is a huge issue, and that there are plenty of parking bays, things could still improve.

The parking meters near the Woolstores shopping centre do not accept credit cards any more and that is ridiculous as not everyone wants to download a smart phone app to pay and we live in  cashless society where many people do not have coins with them.

Parking permits for residents require the administration to send out reminders and after that the stickers, while with the recently introduced number plate recognition CCTV parking inspectors should be able to just scan the rego plate and get a green light if the car gets free parking before 11am and after 3pm.

Making parking easier in Fremantle will be a big step forward to getting rid off the perception that it is difficult and/or expensive to park here.

Roel Loopers

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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2019

 

The following work is planned for the week commencing Monday 14 October 2019:

  • Monday 14 October 2019:
    • The intersection of Bannister Street and Pakenham Street will be closed (local access to Bannister Street will be from Market Street)
    • Pakenham Street between High Street and Leake Street will remain closed until 23 October (local driveway access will remain as is from either Leake Street or High Street depending on the driveway location)
  • Tuesday 15 October 2019:
    • The intersection of Nairn Street and Pakenham Street will be closed (local access to Nairn Street will be from Collie Street)
    • Pakenham Street between High Street and Leake Street will remain closed until 23 October (local driveway access will be from Leake Street)
  • Tuesday 15 October 2019 – Night Work:
    • There will be night work from 10pm Tuesday 15 October to 4am Wednesday 16 October at the intersection between Nairn Street and Pakenham Street, this intersection will remain closed (local access to Nairn Street will be from Collie Street)
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019:
    • The intersection between Nairn Street and Pakenham Street will remain closed (local access to Nairn Street will be from Collie Street).
    • The intersection between Nairn Street and Pakenham Street will be re-opened by the end of the day
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019 – Night Work:
    • There will be night works from 10pm to 4am at the intersection of Leake Street and Pakenham Street
    • Water outages will affect properties on Pakenham Street from Leake Street to Short Street
  • Thursday 17 October 2019:
    • Pakenham Street will be closed from Bannister Street to High Street. Please follow the detour in place along Bannister Street
  • Thursday 17 October 2019 – Night Work:
    • There will be night work from 10pm Thursday 17 October to 4am Friday 18 October at the following locations:
    • The intersection of Leake Street and Pakenham Street
    • Pakenham Street on the south side of High Street
    • Water outages will affect properties on Leake Street from Pakenham Street to Point Street during this time
    • Water outages will affect properties on the south side of High Street between Pakenham Street and Market Street during this time
    • Pakenham Street will be closed from Bannister Street to High Street. Please follow the detour in place along Bannister Street
    • Customers to be impacted by a water outage will be notified 48 hours in advance, the notification will include details on who to contact regarding the outage
  • Friday 18 October 2019:
    • Pakenham Street will be closed from Bannister Street to High Street. Please follow the detour in place along Bannister Street
    • Pakenham Street from Bannister Street to High Street will be re-opened by the end of the day.

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BOAT STACKING FOR CARS?

Posted in boating, cars, city of fremantle, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 2, 2019

 

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Another boat stackers photo I took at Mews Road on my long weekend Monday walk. I wonder what it would look like if we created similar structures for cars in appropriate locations around Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

PARKING TILL 9PM. WTF FREMANTLE?!

 

Destination marketing, redevelopment, placemaking, and all that stuff are not going to help Fremantle much when one of our major inner city car parks closes at 9pm.

That is happening at the Sirona Capital owned Queensgate carpark in Henderson Street, that used to be open till midnight, but is now only open from 6am to 9pm.

That is ridiculous! It should be open till midnight at least Friday-Sunday.

The irony about it is that the Kings Square Redevelopment project, of which the car park is a part, is supposed to turn Freo’s ailing economy around. Yep, but only if it is before 9pm.

Roel Loopers

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