Bigger signs at Abel Point
THE Whitsunday parking saga continues with signs expected to be enlarged in the Council car park at Abel Point Marina in the next fortnight to make drivers more aware of the parking conditions.
The latest in the series is more positive for Whitsunday residents using the parking facilities at the Abel Point Marina council car park.
Four signs will be enlarged in the Abel Point Council car park as well as stencilling onto the parks to warn motorists against parking in the parking spots designed for motor homes and cars with boat trailers.
Council surveyed people at Abel Point Marina late last month because the majority of cars parking in the over 5.2m spots were not meant to be there.
Council said the issue was not that motorists weren't paying to park - it was that small cars (under 5.2m) were in the wrong parks.
About a dozen cautions were issued to people who parked incorrectly and these people were also asked why they chose to park there.
Council's local law services manager Julie Wright said the main feedback she received was that the signs were too small and people simply didn't see them.
“[The four signs] possibly need to be bigger,” she said.
She said because of the number of cars parking in the wrong spots, other drivers were following suit.
Whitsunday resident Bob Spees hit-back saying the signage issue would not solve the problem.
“I don't think big signs are going to make a difference,” he said.
“We are in the Whitsundays. It's a boating and fishing community and we cannot give them a boat ramp that is safe, any amenities and car parks.
“They [tourists] won't come back here on holidays.”
At this stage Council will continue to warn people until the signs are well established.
After that fines will apply but it is unknown when this will start.