Call for parking fix

Bob Spees says something needs to be done about parking in the Whitsundays before we start to lose tourists.
Bob Spees says something needs to be done about parking in the Whitsundays before we start to lose tourists.

WHITSUNDAY resident Bob Spees has had enough of parking problems.

The local business man said if something is not done about parking issues around town, particularly at Abel Point, then it is going to cost the town in terms of tourists.

Mr Spees said that as soon as the weather is fine it is almost impossible to get a park at Abel Point.

His views have been echoed by a number of workers and business owners at Abel Point who say the parking situation has got beyond a joke.

“If we don’t get the town working we are not going to go anywhere,” Mr Spees said.

“At the moment the way it is you can’t get a boat in the water and you can’t get a park anywhere.

“I get people coming into my shop saying they don’t want to come back because it is too hard.

“Everyone relies on tourists here and we need to make this place work better or we will lose them.”

Mr Spees said Council’s recent decision to impose fees at the marina would do nothing to fix the issue.

He said that getting a park at Abel Point Marina in nice weather is almost impossible.

“If the wind is under 20 knots you struggle,” he said.

Mr Spees said Council needed to fix the boat ramp at the VMR and open the boat ramp at the Port of Airlie to make it possible for everyone to enjoy the water on a weekend.

“I talk to people who say that they take their boats up to Bowen because it is easier to get a park and get in,” he said.

“They have toilets at their boat ramp and it is much better for everyone.

“I don’t want to wait 10 years to have this fixed up I want it fixed now.”

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