Gawler Council's parking fine blowout

Local Member of Parliament Tony Piccolo MP holding a copy of the expired agreement with local residents Amber Sweet and Connie Lydiksen (and daughter Hayley) who are pleased that their expiation notices will be withdrawn.
Local Member of Parliament Tony Piccolo MP holding a copy of the expired agreement with local residents Amber Sweet and Connie Lydiksen (and daughter Hayley) who are pleased that their expiation notices will be withdrawn.

The Gawler Council has been forced to back-flip on parking fines issued at two Gawler car-parks after it was discovered that they were issued without the proper authority.

Gawler Council Mayor this week announced they will waive unpaid fines, but only reimburse paid fines where residents apply and provide ‘proof’ of receiving an expiation notice. 

“Council acknowledges that an administrative oversight did occur and has chosen, in these particular cases and in good faith, to reimburse any fee that has been paid on request. This demonstrates a proactive and flexible outcome by Council in this particular case,” Mayor Karen Redman said.

The Council had been monitoring the car park on behalf of the private business as part of an old agreement between the business and the council. 

When the agreement lapsed in June 2016 for Pheonix Plaza and eight months ago for Gawler Central car park, the Council mistakenly continued to monitor the car park and issue fines without a proper agreement in place.

Local MP for Light Tony Piccolo, who first discovered the issue after being approached by residents, welcomed the council’s “partial backdown”, but said the process and final decision demonstrated the “contempt the council displays to its ratepayers and residents”. 

“If Council were acting in a proactive and flexible manner, they would not be imposing additional bureaucratic processes and red tape on residents. They would, from their own records, just issue a refund,” Mr Piccolo said.

“If you pay your fine late, they impose penalties. If they have the systems to do that, they should have the systems to reimburse people.

“It is unfortunate that even when Council are seeking to do the right thing and correct an error, they stuff it up!”

Persons who have received expiations at either the shopping centres during the periods detailed are encouraged to contact Council providing details of the expiations issued (eg copy of the expiations, receipt of payment and or vehicle registration details) and the fines will be reimbursed by the Gawler Council.

It is understood that no further car parking monitoring will occur at either Phoenix Plaza or Gawler Central until new car parking agreements are signed in the near future.

If you believe you received a parking expatiation at either of these two locations, during the periods specified above, you are engaged to contact the Town of Gawler on 8522 9211.