Parking fees to ease foreshore fishing gridlock

FISHERMEN arriving at Portland’s foreshore will have to pay parking fees as Glenelg Shire searches for ways to manage gridlock in peak seasons. 

The overcrowding issue was thrown into the spotlight last year after police were called in to manage traffic on the frantic foreshore as hundreds of vehicles descended on the waterfront for tuna fishing. 

Glenelg Shire mayor John Northcott said the fees would allow council to maintain the area, which has hundreds of cars and boats arrive during peak fishing seasons. 

“By implementing this parking strategy, council will ensure upgrades and maintenance concerns are able to be addressed quickly and regularly, without needing to tug at the purse strings of the ratepayer,” the mayor said. 

“With the new boat ramp and harbour precinct developments, this area is a state-of-the-art facility for fishers and boat users.” 

Under the new fee scheme, council will charge annual fees of $110 for general users, $55 for Glenelg Shire ratepayers and concession holders with $10 as the daily rate. 

“We want to ensure that it remains the best it can be for future generations,” Cr Northcott said.

The fees will kick in from July 1 and will apply all year round. 

Council has also set aside grass areas near the foreshore for peak season parking.

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