(14/9/2017) Free city centre parking to support local businesses
Visitors to Fremantle will soon be able to park for free for up to an hour in selected locations around Kings Square.
The City of Fremantle will trial free one hour on-street (kerbside) parking at locations in Paddy Troy Mall, William Street, Queen Street and High Street (east) to support local traders during the $270m renewal of Fremantle’s Kings Square.
The decision by the City to offer free parking follows a number of meetings with traders and representatives of the Fremantle Business Improvement District (BID) to discuss ways local businesses can be supported throughout the construction phase of Kings Square.
Other priorities identified include additional directional signage, the removal of alfresco fees; and events and activities to continue to attract people to Kings Square during construction.
City of Fremantle City Business Director Glen Dougall said offering free visitor parking was one of the ways the City would support local businesses over the next couple of years.
“The City and our Kings Square project partner Sirona Capital have been meeting regularly with local traders over the past few months and offering some free parking in the area came up as something we could help with, so we have.”
“I applaud the Freo business community on the enthusiasm they’ve shown for the redevelopment of Kings Square, but I also acknowledge their concerns for the short-term, particularly during the demolition and construction phases over the next couple of years.
“We will continue to be in regular contact with our business neighbours and look forward to working together closely with them to minimise the impacts of construction.”
The City will trial the free parking for 12 months and if successful, will extend it throughout the Kings Square renewal which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.
Free parking at these locations is expected to take effect later this month once new signage is installed to reflect the new rules. Time restrictions will remain in place from 9.00 am–5.00 pm.