Oamaru parking warden Tania with one of the town's outdated
parking meters. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
New reliable parking meters will be installed around
central Oamaru by June next year, replacing the existing
malfunctioning pay and display machines.
The Waitaki District Council last week resolved to put aside
$440,000 to buy parking meters. Council assets engineer Gary
Woock said tenders for new electronic machines would be put
out in February, and it was hoped the new machines would be
installed between April and the end of June.
Mr Woock said the existing meters had been installed 10 years
ago and although all 52 meters in Oamaru were in working
condition, they were becoming more prone to malfunction.
''We have had to refund money and give some people free
parking on some off-street car parks.''
The new meters would provide for a ''seamless'' operation,
and be more convenient for everyone, Mr Woock said.