Free parking at Rocky airport
CARRY on parking for free at Rockhampton Airport – it could be another six months before the council is ready to start charging.
Mayor Brad Carter says although the introduction of paid parking at the airport has been discussed for years, his colleagues have still to get down to the nitty gritty of setting fee structures and ordering equipment.
Rockhampton Regional Council’s Business Enterprise Committee discussed the issue again this week in private session, but reached no conclusions.
“Committee chair Cr Graeme Brady and I are very keen to get paid parking in as soon as possible,” Cr Carter said yesterday.
“It will be an important source of income that can fund other important services and activities across the region, but we are probably looking at April to June before we have a fully operational system in place.”
The Mayor said feedback he had received had been overwhelmingly in favour of charging car users to leave their vehicles at the airport and it was frustrating that it was taking so long to introduce it.
“There are still issues to be resolved about calling tenders for equipment and we understand that once equipment is ordered there are long lead-in times because the automatic systems we are looking at come from overseas.”
He said there was a possibility that some paid parking could be brought in as an interim measure before a fully automated system was ready, but the council wanted to talk to the community and car park users to understand what would be considered fair.
“There is also research to be done into what is charged at other airports in Australia and we want to make sure we have the balance right between long-term and short-term spaces and charges.
“The key thing is that we want to encourage motorists who are flying to use the long-term section, rather than take up space nearer the terminal.”
He said there were plenty of examples of people from out of town who were leaving their cars at the airport for so long they put tarps over them to protect them from the sun.
In Mackay passengers pay $20 a day in the short-term car park or $14 a day uncovered in the long-term.
Townsville charges nothing for the first 12 minutes in the short-stay, $5 for up to 30 minutes and $25 for 12 hours. In long-stay a week is $104, two weeks is $164 and three weeks is $230.
And in Brisbane, short-termers pay $2 for 15 minutes and $12 for an hour.
In the long-stay drivers are charged $30 for one day, $140 for a week and $10 a day thereafter.