Northern Grampians Shire Council orders return of parking restrictions following string of complaints

Parking restrictions will be enforced as of July 3.

Parking restrictions will be enforced as of July 3.

PARKING restrictions will return to Stawell and St Arnaud next month following complaints from business owners. 

Northern Grampians local laws officers will enforce signed parking time limits and breaches of restricted parking zones such as disabled parking, loading, bus and taxi zones from July 3. 

The affected areas include Main Street, Stawell from Patrick Street to St Georges Street and Wimmera Street between Scallan Street and Sloane Street as sign-posted. 

At St Arnaud​, Napier Street between Inkerman Street and Mill Streets, including signed parking zones in streets intersecting this area are included.

Mayor Tony Driscoll said business owners had complained many people were not following the time limits.

“This is restricting fair access to car parking within our major towns,” he said.

“Our business owners are missing out on potential business because people simply cannot get a park in the appropriate areas.”

StawellBiz president Chris Waack said it was important to keep traffic flowing. 

“We don’t want cars on Main Street parking well past the time limit,” he said. 

“Policing these zones will mean more people can park, run into the shops and get what they need at ease – and if you want to shop for longer you can park behind the supermarkets.”

But some people are questioning the move. Karl Meyer asked why the parking restrictions had stopped being enforced in the first place.

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