Orange motorists will get an extra hour's parking at a major shopping centre - and save $40,000 in parking fines.
Orange City Council has approved a request by Orange Central Square management to extend the car parking time limit from two hours to three hours.
It brings the car park in line with the Orange City Centre car park which already has a three hour limit. The Kmart car park will remain with a two-hour limit.
Centre manager Naiomi Murphy said they were hoping to have the new limit in place before Christmas.
However, she said that was dependent on contracts and having signs in place.
A staff report into the issue said council parking officers would continue to patrol the premises.
It also said there would be financial implications for the council and motorists.
"A reduction in [parking] fines to a value of around $40,000 [is expected]," it said.
Council also agreed to defer a motion to rescind approval for a child care centre in Turner Crescent.
During the meeting's public forum a Turner Crescent resident that he had been in discussion with Regional Roads and Transport minister Paul Toole.
Brett Standford said they had discussed the possibility of access to the property from Molong Road rather than only from Turner Crescent.
Council agreed to defer the discussion until it contacted Mr Toole to make his position clear.
A special meeting of council will be held on Tuesday, October 8, for this issue alone.
And council agreed to look into a support program to help disadvantaged people use the Aquatic Centre for health and rehabilitation purposes.
Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said the entry costs were too much for financially disadvantaged people who would benefit from subsidised or free entry.
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