Port Fairy’s Sackville Street.TEMPORARY parking meters should be installed in Port Fairy over the summer school holiday period in a bid to raise funds to beautify the centre part of the town, according to a Moyne Shire councillor.
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Cr Mick Wolfe, who is also the head policeman in Port Fairy, estimated as much as $100,000 could be raised from the meters if they were put in place from mid-December to the end of January.

“I’ll be raising the parking meter issue at the next council meeting for discussion,” Cr Wolfe said. “There are necessary works which need to be done in the central part of Port Fairy like footpaths and roads. I don’t want to see the rates lifted for these type of works but I think if we installed removable parking meters we will raise money which can be used for those works.

“I think there are roughly 300 parking spots in Sackville and Bank streets which could be used for the meters.

“Four parking spots would use the one parking meter. I just think installing the meters would be the ideal way to get the money to pay for the projects which are needed.”

Moyne Shire parking officers have the ability to fine motorists if they break the two-hour parking limit which is in place from December 1 to April 30. “We’ve had the two-hour parking limit from December to the end of April for a few years,” he said. “I think the introduction of parking meters in the centre part of town will mean tourists will help pay for the works, instead of hitting the ratepayers’ pockets.

“We would have the ability to pull the meters out at the end of January.” Cr Wolfe said he would also be looking to target drivers who break the road laws in Sackville Street by crossing double lines. “We (the police) are continually warning or booking drivers for driving over the double lines in Sackville Street,” he said. “It’s time this issue was sorted out at council level.

“As part of our works in the town we should probably look at putting a concrete barrier wall which would be about six inches high down Sackville Street with some breaks in it.”

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