THE Liberals’ Brendan Smyth is not impressed by Chief Minister Barr’s statements on the impact of paid parking on the weekend around Civic.
“Andrew Barr has laughed off the impact of new weekend parking fees in the city, comparing the cost to a bottle of sparkling mineral water at high end restaurants,” Brendan said.
“During yesterday’s Budget Estimates Committee hearing Andrew Barr demonstrated he’s truly out of touch with regular Canberrans and city businesses by dismissing the impact of parking fees.
“The parking fees are not even likely to be part of the price of a bottle of sparkling mineral water at some of our high end restaurants…The idea that someone is going to be deterred from their $100 dinner by a $5 parking fee, certainly there’s no evidence to suggest that you act on this…” – Andrew Barr
“I say to Andrew Barr, not everyone who travels into the city on a weekend is going to restaurant, not everyone has $100 dinners. Many families travel into the city from outer suburbs for a whole range of activities and now they have to pay higher parking fees.
“Furthermore, if Andrew Barr thinks parking fees have no impact on city businesses, he’s got a total lack of understanding and empathy with them.
“Andrew Barr can add his ignorance on parking fees to his ignorance on rates increases and other fees and charges which are making Canberra an unaffordable place to live and do business,” Mr Smyth concluded.