Parking fees prove an extra burden for Rocky's Shane Davey
ROCKHAMPTON CBD businessman Shane Davey says the shortage of available parking spaces in the area has been exacerbated since paid parking was this week introduced at the Pilbeam Theatre.
"You used to be able to drive down to the (Riverside) car park and find a space at 8.15am," said Mr Davey, of Capricorn Model House on East St.
He said now you had to arrive before 8am to get a park.
The situation has prompted Mr Davey to pay for parking at Kern Arcade.
"I'm a single dad and that's $40 a month that I'm going to have find in the budget," he said.
"We (business owners) are doing it bloody tough."
Mr Davey said other nearby businesses owners were also frustrated.
Paid parking was introduced at the Pilbeam Theatre car park and at the corner of Derby and Alma St on Tuesday.
Mr Davey has spoken with Rockhampton regional deputy mayor Tony Williams about the situation.
Cr Williams yesterday said he'd put a request into council, on behalf of Mr Davey, to waive the fees at the Pilbeam Theatre while work was being completed on the nearby Empire building.
He acknowledged parking in the CBD was a difficult situation to manage and said it was important to build a consensus among business owners to move forward.
Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Evan Pardon said paid parking at the Pilbeam Theatre was introduced to ensure parking spaces were available to users during peak periods and the car parks were being used.
"Paid parking has only been in place for two days and needs to operate for a longer period to determine if there are any impacts," Mr Pardon said.
The Morning Bulletin yesterday checked the Pilbeam Theatre car park and there were very few spaces available about midday.
There appeared a lot of vehicles belonging to tradies in the car park.
Parking rates are 70 cents an hour, $5 a day or weekly passes are available for $20.