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Car left in parking spot for five months is now not a joke

Mark Woods with the 1996 Holden Nova that has been parked on East Street for five months. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Mark Woods with the 1996 Holden Nova that has been parked on East Street for five months. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

IT'S dusty, dirty and covered in infringement tickets after sitting in one of Rockhampton's prime parking spots for five months.

With white chalk marks drawn all over its tyres, it's been a hot topic of conversation for CBD businesses and shoppers.

The 1993 white Holden Nova has become a permanent East Street fixture outside the Oxford Hotel - but with CBD parking a big issue of late, it's getting beyond a joke.

Rockhampton man Mark Woods says he and other businesses in the CBD have had enough.

Part of the family-owned business Stewarts, Menswear Direct and Woods Menswear, Mark said abandoned cars were not tolerated in Brisbane's CBD and they shouldn't be in Rockhampton's either.

"If your car is parked in Brisbane's CBD past 4pm for one day than it's being towed away at ten past," he said Friday.

"I just think we need less bureaucracy and more commonsense."

The naughty Nova is believed to be owned by an Irish backpacker who has since left the country.

Rockhampton's Regional Council was unable to confirm this due to privacy reasons.

Rockhampton Regional Council's CEO Evan Pardon said in a statement that council was aware of the vehicle and late Friday advised they had finally been able to speak to the registered owner.

"After five months, council has secured the owner's permission for it to be towed away," Mr Pardon said.

"Council has been trying to contact the registered owner to have them remove the vehicle, or for them to give council permission to remove the vehicle."

The reason for not moving the car sooner Mr Pardon said, was because the car was still registered and not parked illegally; therefore they didn't have the authority to remove it.

Council could not say when it would be towed away.

Topics:  east st, oxford hotel, parking, rockhampton cbd



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