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PARKING PAIN: Parking is at a premium at the Yeppoon Lagoon precinct.
PARKING PAIN: Parking is at a premium at the Yeppoon Lagoon precinct. Allan Reinikka ROK040518alagoon7

POLL: Lagoon parking protest erupts in coast community

OPPOSITION continues to grow to controversial plans to introduce paid parking around the popular Yeppoon Lagoon.

With parking at a premium on weekends, Livingstone Shire Council is considering implementing paid parking on Lagoon Place and Anzac Parade in a bid to prevent people from parking all day.

The council is looking at a range of options to manage parking including introducing paid parking around the immediate lagoon area and regulated parking in a number of precincts in Yeppoon.

Long-term options could include limited parking or paid parking.

 

Crowds gathered at the Yeppoon Lagoon today to celebrate the grand opening.
Crowds gathered at the Yeppoon Lagoon today to celebrate the grand opening. Shayla Bulloch

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Posting on social media, Desley Cowley blamed all day parkers as the problem.

"If people used the space responsibly it wouldn't be necessary to introduce paid parking," she said.

Lyn Hughes added: "No why should we have to pay to go, that will stop people go there."

Meanwhile, Alpina Dafur felt ratepayers should be treated differently to visitors.

How can the parking issue at the Yeppoon Lagoon be combated by LSC?

This poll ended on 31 August 2018.

Current Results

Introduce paid parking

10%

Have parking with time limits

17%

Construct more parking spaces around the CBD

15%

Start a shuttle bus from various Yeppoon locations to the lagoon

4%

Construct a foot bridge across Ross Creek to use parking in Merv Anderson Park

35%

Nothing needs to be done, it's fine the way it is

12%

This problem is unavoidable and can't be fixed long-term

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Yeppoon Lagoon Precinct.
Yeppoon Lagoon Precinct. Allan Reinikka ROK040518alagoon1

"Give all ratepayers exempt parking like many councils do and make non ratepayers (visitors) pay around the lagoon area," she said.

"Works very well, and is fair for the Livingstone ratepayers."

Others like Matthew Newmann felt the reaction to paid parking was over the top.

"Cairns lagoon and CBD has paid parking, locals don't complain," he said.

 

Yeppoon Lagoon
Yeppoon Lagoon

A Livingstone Shire Council spokeswoman said no decision had yet been taken.

"Regulated parking in Yeppoon is still under consideration and council will undertake consultation prior to implementing any changes to the current regime."



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