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MEDIA RELEASE - Free parking for Portland's popular boat ramps

18 July 2019

Parking meters are being switched off at Portland’s most popular boat ramps in an effort to improve the city’s visitor experience.

In a landmark agreement, Glenelg Shire Council and the State Government are scrapping all day parking tickets across the Lee Breakwater boat parking precinct to provide for growing demand of recreational fishers and their oversized vehicles.

Council’s local laws team currently manage the parking meters, located at the boat park areas, with people given the option of an on-site all day pass, or purchasing of an annual pass.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the new free all day parking arrangement would provide greater flexibility for visitors and locals alike.

She said there were more than 550 people currently holding long term parking permits.

“The Portland foreshore and marina amenities are some of the busiest in regional Victoria,” Cr Rank said.

“Each and every day keen anglers are travelling hundreds of kilometres to use these popular amenities and fish in our local waters. We want this experience to be an enjoyable one, not a visit masked by watching the clock aware of the pending parking deadline.

“These changes will ensure fishers can stay longer and enjoy our region for longer, translating to further support for our business sector.”

Cr Rank said whilst parking fee signage was being removed; there were still conditions on parking in the foreshore precinct.

“Local laws still apply in this area with restrictions on parking on grass in the wet winter months and the banning of caravans, recreational vehicles and cars without trailers in the boat ramp area – there are designated signed free parks for such vehicles.

“Rangers will continue to patrol the site, directing larger vehicles such as RVs seeking overnight stay to the designated free parking area at Henty Park. Free parking is not available at the foreshore for these vehicles,” Cr Rank added.

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