Loading zones are not for everyone

PEOPLE parking illegally in loading zones is a problem in the Whitsundays for people who deserve to use them.

Leonard Howson from Fastway Couriers was unable to park outside his delivery point in Airlie Beach main street last week due to vehicles parking there illegally.

“It's annoying to have to find parking spots,” Mr Howson said.

“It's nice to be able to park in loading zones, especially when they are designed for us.

“It's annoying for us, it happens regularly in the main street [Airlie Beach].”

These comments were echoed by part-owner of The Beach Shack on Airlie Beach main street, Gaye Shelley, who was on the receiving end of a package from Mr Howsen last week.

“Nine out of 10 people pull up there [in the loading zone outside The Beach Shack] and run over to Maccas,” she said.

Mrs Shelley suggested that maybe the loading zones need to be patrolled more regularly.

Whitsunday Regional Council director of community and environment Gavin Crawford said that these zones are regularly patrolled and people will be fined if they are deemed to be illegally parked.

He said that new signage for loading zones would be introduced by Council if the problem persisted.

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