DRIVERS who want to park at Abel Point will have to pay from next month.
Whitsunday Regional Council passed a motion at their last meeting to introduce paid parking in the council car park at the marina.
The fees will be similar to other paid parks around Airlie Beach, ranging from $2 for two hours to $8 for 12-24 hours.
The motion was passed seven votes to none.
Council’s Director of Community and Environment Gavin Crawford said the parking fees were part of a plan to make the Abel Point car park more user friendly.
“It is one of the steps we are taking to improve parking, safety and the workability of the area,” he said.
“We ask the public to take notice of the signs and the fees when they are introduced.”
Mr Crawford said Council was aiming to introduce the fees in early May.
He said that council was also investigating the possibility of providing more parking further down the road at Abel Point, closer to Coral Sea Resort.
Parking at Abel Point has been an issue for some time.
With the car park often full, many drivers choose to park their cars along the side of the road closest to Shute Harbour Road.
Mr Crawford said that it was illegal to park in any area with a no standing sign.
“We ask the public to take notice of signs and also lines when parking,” he said.
“It is illegal to park on a yellow line or even behind a yellow line.
“Obviously we don’t like fining people but we will be enforcing the rules at Abel Point.”
Mr Crawford said drivers should also think about car pooling, taking public transport or even walking if it was a suitable option.
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