Paid-parking coming in at Sunshine Plaza
BREAKING: The Sunshine Coast's most popular shopping centre will introduce paid-parking in the new year.
But the good news for shoppers is the first three hours of parking at Sunshine Plaza will remain free.
After that, parking will begin to incur a fee starting at $2 per extra half hour to a total of $20 a day.
If you spend $150 at any of the shops in popular centre, you can park free all day.
Cinema goers will enjoy an extra hour of grace and will be allowed to park free at the centre for four hours before having to pay.
Lend Lease has announced it will introduce the new car parking management system to improve the centre's "car parking experience for its customers".
Work is set to commence "before Christmas" and, from early 2017, most car parks on the south side of the centre will be part of the managed parking system.
"This includes the parking at Coles, Rebel Sport, Woolworths and the Good Guys."
The new, northern car parks on the Kmart side of the centre will also be part of the managed system when they open mid-2017.
The new system will be a ticketless system based on licence plate recognition to enter and exit the car park.
Technology will also help make it easier for customers to find a sought-after spot quickly.
"The new carpark will also include a parking guidance system which uses red and green LED-based space indicators in multi-deck carparks, along with electronic display boards showing the number of available bays throughout all car parks," a spokeswoman said.
Sunshine Plaza centre manager Michael Manwaring said the new car parking technology would improve the customer journey to and from the centre and ensure genuine customers have access to the most convenient car spaces.
"Our research tells us that customers and retailers want improvements to parking here at the centre," he said.
"This new system will improve accessibility for customers, and ensure the best spaces are available for centre visitors.
"Sunshine Plaza is set to grow from 73,000sq m to over 107,000sq m, with a new David Jones department store, a new BIG W and more than 100 specialty stores being added as part of the current redevelopment.
"This technology and digital signage will support an increase in customers while ensuring a quality shopping experience for our valued customers."
Two new multi-decks will be built as part of the redevelopment, adding more than 1400 car parks to take the total number of spaces to nearly 5000.
The newly built car park behind Toys R Us opened in October with an additional 195 new bays.
Any parking on the north side of the centre not immediately part of the managed parking system will continue to be regulated by car park management company, Point Parking using licence plate recognition technology.
Sign posted time limits will be enforced with infringement notices issues to vehicles overstaying the time.
The new car park at Toys R Us is regulated as a three-hour parking zone.
How to park free at Sunshine Plaza
- Park for under three hours
- Enter the centre after 6pm (and exit before 2am)
- Have an authorised disabled parking permit
- Spendover $150 during their visit to the Centre and validate their purchases.
- Customers will be able to validate a fourth hour of free parking when purchasing a cinema ticket.
Indicative parking rates
- over 7 hours or all day: $20
- 6.5 to 7 hours: $16
- 6 to 6.5 hours: $12
- 5.5 to 6 hours: $10
- 5 to 5.5 hours: $8
- 4.5 to 5 hours: $6
- 4 to 4.5 hours: $4
- 3.5 to 4 hours: $3
- 3 - 3.5 hours: $2
- up to 3 hours: free
- For more information on parking at Sunshine Plaza, visit sunshineplaza.com.