The City of Perth Council has voted through a raft of measures in support of local business, and to stimulate the local economy.

Last night Council agreed to lower alfresco dining fees, introduced a period of free parking in the lead up to Christmas, and embraced planned activation and events for the city during the festive season.

Deputy Lord Mayor Jemma Green said the moves are aimed at injecting much needed spending into city shops, retail and hospitality sectors.

"Making alfresco fees more affordable creates an opportunity for cafes and bars to introduce a new dimension to their business, and will help to bring city streets to life with added atmosphere," Dr Green said.

"Free parking from 4pm in selected car parks from 15 – 24 December will also encourage people into Perth to shop, enjoy the Christmas Lights Trail or simply rediscover bars, restaurants and entertainment venues.

"We know small business has been doing it tough due to recent global economic conditions, and these measures can be implemented to help stimulate the economy."

Councillors also voted to reduce the Elected Member clothing allowance by around 80 per cent, now capped at three-thousand dollars annually.
"This is a move that is reflective of the current economic climate, in line with community expectations and a responsible use of rate payer money," Dr Green said.

Issued by: Michael Holland, Senior Media Advisor, 0409 378 926,