City of Busselton release updated parking policy

City of Busselton's parking local law has been updated with biggest change being increase in penalties.
City of Busselton's parking local law has been updated with biggest change being increase in penalties.

There was slight confusion on social media last week when the City of Busselton posted its adoption of the Parking Local Law 2020.

The City of Busselton posted on its Facebook page that the adoption of the local law was now in place and outlined the purpose and effect of the law.

"The City of Busselton has resolved to adopt the City of Busselton Parking Local Law 2020.

"Purpose: To regulate and control the movement and parking of vehicles throughout the district.

"Effect: To provide a well-regulated parking environment for all persons in the district." Chief executive officer Mike Archer said in the post.

However, it neglected to mention if there were any changes to the previous local law that was in place.

Some comments by residents included "If you're going to put all that up, why not include what the changes are?"

"You can go and look it up under the Busselton Parking local law 2020 and you will be more confused".

"How does this differ from existing?"

The key change that arose from the new local law and that may affect the community is an increase in the penalties that apply

City of Busselton's Paul Needham

The City of Busselton director of planning and development services Paul Needham told the Mail it was required to review all local laws at least once every eight years.

"There are no changes to parking controls, such as timed parking designations, as a result of the new local law. In addition, there are no plans to introduce paid public parking in the city," he said.

"The key change that arose from the new local law and that may affect the community is an increase in the penalties that apply, including the penalty for overstaying in timed parking areas, which has increased from $50 to $60.

"That is the only time there has been an increase in the last eight years, and is very close to the rate of inflation over that period.

"The other key change is that changes to parking area designations (such as timed parking controls, or the location of accessible bays) must now be made by the council itself, rather than being able to be made by city officers."

See the policy online at busselton.wa.gov.au