LONG-TIME South Fremantle resident Tony Toledo says parking in the suburb’s affluent, narrow streets are at tipping point and he wants the council to take radical action.
He is also critical of the South Fremantle precinct, claiming “nobody seemed interested” when he tried to organise a meeting to discuss the issue.
“When was the last time the precinct even held a meeting or took a stand on an issue?” he asked. “The group has become way too cosy with Freo council and is crammed with friends of the city.”
Mr Toledo, who ran for council last October, has lived in the historic arrondissement for 40 years and says a batch of new residential developments, including the redevelopment of the Seapower site, will push the suburb into parking armageddon.
“I’m pushing for free parking permits for residents and a two-hour limit for visitors,” the Scott Street man says.
“The permits should be available to use across the whole of South Freo, not just a few designated streets.
“I also want Fremantle to follow Perth’s lead and introduce free bus travel within the city’s boundaries. That will encourage residents and visitors to use public transport more.”
Currently, residents can buy a permit for designated streets, and there is a two-hour limit on most residential streets at the business end of South Terrace.
Cr Andrew Sullivan didn’t return our call, but did reply to Mr Toledo’s post on Facebook.
“Residents often believe the restricted parking will be all blessing but often hate it when they forget to put their permit in the windscreen and have to go through the rigmarole of giving their guests a permit,” he posted.
Mayor Brad Pettitt says plans for traffic-calming could be a good opportunity to revamp some parking.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK
THE trial closure of the cappuccino strip to cars for three Sundays will leave a huge void in the life of “suburban bogans” claims Freo resident Robert Keenan. The Bathers Beach House manager is crestfallen that V8 worshippers will no longer be able to conduct sacred bog laps on the sabbath. “Does Brad Pettitt know what bog laps are?” Keenan posted on Facebook. “All the bike and car clubs will stop driving through. You can’t do away with bog laps. They are part of Freo. I did them. We all did them. They are part of Freo. Take the bloody buses out yeah. We can all get out at the Market stop. I’m for keeping bog laps on da weekend. And come on. What else do our suburban bogans have to do on a Sunday.”