Paid parking expanded across Sunshine Coast
PAID parking will stretch further through Coast streets under a new plan adopted by Sunshine Coast councillors.
Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Sippy Downs are listed in the Sunshine Coast parking management plan as the next suburbs where motorists will have to pay.
Meanwhile, Centaur St, Tay Avenue and the western end of Bulcock St in Caloundra proposed to have meters installed as an extension of paid parking.
Paid parking at The Esplanade at Cotton Tree as well as 150 new parking meters for Mooloolaba were detailed at Thursday's council meeting.
The plan was opposed by councillors Ted Hungerford, Jason O'Pray and Greg Rogerson, who described the plan as "a pseudo name for paid parking on the Sunshine Coast".
He feared the effect paid parking would have on Mooloolaba and Maroochydore businesses.
"If they think they are doing it tough, geez, wait 'til they bring this in," Cr Rogerson said.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said he didn't believe paid parking would have an impact on tourist numbers.
"We should be taking a more universal approach around a user-pay basis," Cr Jamieson said.
He said it was the State Government's responsibility to provide public transport that would reduce a reliance on private transport.
He said there were already 23,000 public carpark spaces on the Sunshine Coast and it would be unfair to ratepayers to keep funding new carparks.
The plan noted paid parking was the final option if time restrictions, targeted enforcement or the creation of new spaces was not achieving desired turnover of spaces.
How do you feel about the expansion of paid parking across the Coast?
This poll ended on 19 October 2017.
I'm against it. It puts a strain on businesses and tourism as well as residents.
I'm for it. It will pay for infrastructure while easing pressure on ratepayers.
It could work, but they're taking it to the wrong areas.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
More areas will have time restrictions added as well.
They include bays at Happy Valley and Bulcock Beach in Caloundra as well as half of the bays in the Kings Beach foreshore carpark.
The council will also investigate building more paid, off-street spaces at the Caloundra Transit Centre.
Cr Tim Dwyer said he supported the plan despite not agreeing with all the changes that affected Caloundra.
Cr Jason O'Pray moved an amendment that the council commit to providing new multi-level parking infrastructure at Cornmeal Parade or Duporth Ave at the same time it introduced paid parking in Maroochydore.
"All I really want to do is get the timing right," Cr O'Pray said.
But he couldn't quite get the support he needed from his fellow councillors, with the vote split five each.
Mayor Mark Jamieson voted against the amendment and his vote finalised the decision.
In the meantime, the council plans to increase enforcement of time restrictions in existing carparks in those areas.
The changes are set to take place in the next one to five years a part of local area parking plans for 37 Coast suburbs.