Council plans response to parking ticket drama

IT seems there may be some compassion within Warrnambool City Council for a motorist fined after two unsuccessful appeals over a parking ticket which blew off her dashboard.

Mayor Michael Neoh hinted at Monday night’s council meeting the plight of  Jeanette Fitzsimmons, who eventually had to cough up $83.10 after losing her battle with the council’s parking department.

Mrs Fitzsimmons said she had taken her 83-year-old mother on an outing and parked in Ozone car park, buying a four-hour ticket and placing it on the dashboard before walking away. 

When they returned there was an infringement notice on the windscreen and the ticket was on the floor of her car.

Two city councillors raised the issue this week in an open meeting.

Cr Brian Kelson said he didn’t want the council to break the rules, but to show goodwill and “right the wrong”.

Cr Peter Sycopoulis suggested a review of parking control procedures.

Cr Neoh said the issue had been discussed by councillors in a recent confidential briefing. 

“We’ve got a follow-up action,” he said.

The Standard is aware of the council cancelling fines from similar incidents since Mrs Fitzgibbon told her story.

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