FAIRFIELD mayor Frank Carbone and fellow councillor Lawrence White were special guests at the recent opening of Fairfield Forum Shopping Centre's new-look car park, which now has boom gates.
The system replaces the controversial "pay and display" operation which had been in place since 2006 and was the subject of thousands of complaints to centre management, NSW Fair Trading and to the council.
According to the centre, feedback from customers suggested many were not aware they had done the wrong thing.
Poor signage combined with no gates at the entry points led shoppers to believe that the car park had no restrictions on use.
The new boom gates put in place a system that customers are familiar with and the centre management hopes it will also reduce the amount of confusion about the parking process.
Fairfield Forum is celebrating the reopening with a win-a-car promotion.
Weekly winners will enter the draw to win a Suzuki Swift, which will be drawn on Saturday, June 28, within the centre.