Mark “Chooky” Edwards holds some of his $210 worth of parking tickets.
Mark “Chooky” Edwards holds some of his $210 worth of parking tickets. ALLAN REINIKKA

Chooky says it's not fine at all

MARK “Chooky” Edwards made a pretty significant contribution to the almost 5000 parking tickets issued by Rockhampton Regional Council last year.

The radio show host yesterday admitted in the past few months he’d racked up seven parking tickets for not moving his car from outside his office, where the time limit was two hours.

Information sourced by The Morning Bulletin shows that from July to November last year council left 1982 tickets on windscreens across Rockhampton.

That equals around 4756 tickets over 12 months. At an average of $30 a ticket, that equals roughly $140,000 in revenue from 2009.

Chooky admitted that he was forced to dip into his “Buy Girlfriend Jade a Christmas Present” fund last month to pay for his parking tickets.

The SeaFM radio show host said he was oblivious to having racked up $210 in tickets, all of them accrued from parking outside his office on the corner of Victoria Parade and Archer Street.

“My fiancé, Jade, will probably not be happy,” Chooky said.

“I had to pay (for the parking tickets) just before Christmas and the Buy Jade a Christmas Present fund really suffered.

“A present was slightly modified because of Rocky Regional Council.”

Council routinely patrols the parking bays around the CBD, around the Blood Bank behind Rockhampton Hospital and at the city’s airport.

As well as these routine patrols, council also regulates parking throughout the region including blitzes when, for example, complaints are made or during a back to school time to ensure the safety of students and parents.

Council employs five staff who handle parking infringements and other non-animal related investigations.

That includes one full-time parking inspector.

Chooky said the biggest difficulty was finding somewhere free and safe to park near his office.

He said the riverside car park – which is free 24-hour parking on the riverbank beside the Fitzroy River Bridge – wasn’t safe to park in when he arrived at work at 4am.

Chooky joked that he was looking to buy a car park.



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