Parking hogs face crackdown in CBD
CBD parking hogs be warned - you've overstayed your welcome.
Inner-Gladstone regulars are breathing a sigh of relief as a crackdown on parking gets under way.
There has been wide applause for the Gladstone Regional Council move to hire a dedicated local laws officer to police the situation.
Tannum Sands resident Errol Mattingley said the situation was so bad that he changed his dentist and optometrist to avoid parking in Gladstone.
"Whenever I drive to the Gladstone CBD to do business, I find it difficult to park," he said.
"Sometimes it's due to people who park there overnight."
He said he understood that the area was meant to be used by pedestrians and cars.
"But most of the parks in Goondoon St are not easy to access.
"It seems that businesses are trying to deal with the issue by getting their own spaces.
"But that's not enough.
"It's obviously an attempt on their part to overcome the issue.
"The hotels, library and others are all trying to cater for parking by getting spaces just for them."
He said before the car park was built at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre the situation was worse.
"We had to drive round and around looking for just one park.
"Maybe the situation could be improved by introducing parking meters so there is more short-term parking," he said.
"I'm not game to drive into Gladstone because parking is so difficult.
"We mostly conduct our business from Tannum Sands."
Monica Dumitrascu said the parking problem made banking in Gladstone challenging.
"It's difficult to park in the CBD during the day," she said.
"It's the worst during lunch time.
"Sometimes I've had to go around the block a number of times or park far away because it's so congested.
"If you don't have time, it can impact on your day.
"You just want to get in and out."
She said one way to improve the situation could be to copy Melbourne's lead of level-parking.
"I know there isn't enough space," she said.
"If there first hour was free and if people who wanted to stay longer were charged, that would free up a space in the CBD," she said.
Gladstone Regional Council said would soon notice an improvement in the availability of parking in Gladstone's CBD.
Mayor Gail Sellers said council had made the appointment following increased requests from business operators and residents to monitor overstays in CBD car parks.
"Our regulated car parking in the CBD is designed to encourage as many people as possible into the area; improve traffic flow by reducing the number of people driving around looking for available car parks; and ensuring the fair use of roads within the city for the benefit of everyone," Cr Sellers said.
"Stepping up our monitoring of the CBD should help change driver behaviour and reduce the number of people overstaying the time limit restrictions."
She said the officer had the jurisdiction to issue on-the-spot fines for overstays and illegal parking in designated loading, bus and taxi zones and disabled car parks.