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MEDIA RELEASE - Council records historic decision making in the chamber

25 March 2020

The Glenelg Shire community was put at the forefront of decision making following the endorsement of a number of historic measures at last night’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

Councillors last night voted unanimously on a number of substantial changes, such waiving all fee increases and abolishing all parking meters.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the measures were in a response to community feedback and put the needs of households first.

“Council has taken significant steps to ensure we can support our community as best as we can, reducing any additional financial burden where possible,” she explained.

“As a result, all fees and charges will remain as per the current pricing from our 2019-2020 schedule and free parking will become a permanent fixture for residents as they go about their shopping in the CBD.

“These are simple, yet practical measures that will help to give back to our community and will mark a new era for Council.”

Cr Gilbert Wilson said last night’s meeting was one for the history books.

“Never in my 25 years of being a councillor have we seen decision making like this in the chamber. It really is a significant milestone for us as a Council and demonstrates how we are listening and responding to the needs of the community during these difficult times,” he said.

Cr Alistair McDonald was equally impressed with the outcome of the meeting.

“In my first term as a Councillor I am proud to be able to deliver the news that all parking meters in the Portland CBD will now be switched off,” he said.

“Free parking will be on offer right across the shire; however I remind residents that the same time limits will still apply in central business zones.”

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