City of Freo speaks up after South Mole closure

Everyone is having their say following the decision of Fremantle Ports to close South Mole to campers.

Here’s our original article, Rave Party the last straw – Freo Ports closes South Mole to campers which has had an enormous response.

And here are the Letters to the Editor we have posted on the closure decision.

Following the closure of South Mole it seemed inevitable that campers would seek out alternative locations to park overnight, including on City of Fremantle regulated beach areas and streets.

So we asked the City for comment on its position as the decision to close South Mole to campers continues to reverberate around the Freo community.

Here’s what a spokesperson for City of Fremantle has just said this morning on behalf of the City –

City of Fremantle officers routinely patrol the city and manage illegal parking in a reasonable way by asking people to move on or by issuing infringements where possible.

The parking of a camping type vehicle is not an offence, provided the driver respects the parking conditions.

Time limits are used in some places, e.g. South Beach, to provide equitable access to parking and ensure vehicles don’t stay overnight.

As with any parking limits, drivers risk fines if they overstay the permitted duration.

In the past 48 hours, near the entrance to South Mole, City officers have issued three infringements and asked other vehicle owners to move on.

City officers will continue to educate people that camping is only permitted in designated areas as per the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Act 1995.

The community can call 1300 MYFREO (1300 693 736) to report illegal parking.

By Michael Barker, Editor, Fremantle Shipping News


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