The Phillip Business Community claims the ACT government lied to it about having a consultation process before installing paid parking metres in the Canberra suburb.
The community says it remains outraged over the government’s actions, saying the $45 weekly cost of parking ($9 per day) will represent almost 10% of an apprentice’s wage.
Local business owners and an apprentice interviewed last week were unanimous in their objections to the plan.
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“The paid parking they are bringing into Phillip is going to cost us a small fortune,” said one local business owner.
“We’re going to lose business over this,” said another. “It doesn’t happen in Fyshwick – where else does it happen? Why are we being singled out here.”
Last month 170 workers marked the 50th anniversary of Phillip as a suburb by staging a rally to tell the government ‘Phillip says NO’.
The community has gathered more than 650 handwritten signatures of support and almost 900 on their online petition on change.org.