• Pushing for free on-street parking

    NOWHERE TO PARK: Co-Store business owners (from left) Domenic Primerano, Russell Fry, Alicia Stephens, Damian Primerano and Sharee Fisher are pushing to be exempt from paying for street parking during the current construction work. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

    UPDATE: CO-STORE employees will get free on – street parking for the next month, after a resolution at last night’s Rural City of Wangaratta meeting.

    Councillor Paul O’Brien moved a motion that all Co-Store employees should get all day parking permits to park in three hour parking spaces along Ovens Street, adjacent to King George Gardens, valid until the end of June this year.

    He said after June employees can park in Apex Park and walk across the stock bridge to get to work.

    CO-STORE business owners and employees are seeking exemptions for on-street metered parking during the construction of Ovens Street’s new multi-deck car park.

    With the existing car park now closed for works on the development, which includes construction of a Target Country store as well as the new car park, those working within the complex are facing a range of difficulties associated with parking.

    As a result, 19 people representing nine businesses have signed a joint letter raising their concerns, which was presented to last night’s Rural City of Wangaratta council meeting at Whorouly.

    Through the letter, they have requested that Co-Store business owners and employees be provided with temporary exemption cards, to be displayed on the dashboards of their cars while parking in metered on-street car parks during the time they are unable to park in the Co-Store car park.

    “Such a card would exempt the recipient from paying parking fees or complying with stipulated car park time limits,” the letter suggests.

    “In return, the recipients of the exemption cards would agree to only use the cards when carrying out work relating to their stores.”

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