Pay parking starts

THREE new pay and display parking machines will be installed in the Whitsunday Regional Council car park at Abel Point Marina today.

They will be operational from tomorrow and Council will start issuing fines from Monday.

Council resolved in February to adopt the Abel Point Marina Action Plan which documented how Council would approach the issues of future infrastructure planning, car parking and traffic regulation.

Council's Mayor, Mike Brunker said it was apparent that the existing car parking was inadequate to cope with the current and future demand and that Council needed to consider ways of improving the public and private car parking infrastructure in the marina precinct.

“The introduction of paid parking is part of a bigger picture to try to improve the Abel Point Marina infrastructure services and functionality,” Mayor Brunker said.

“There is obviously a demand for more parking in this area and Council is hoping to cope with the demand by implementing measures from the Abel Point Marina Action Plan..”

All of the new machines have credit card facilities and the area will have signage directing users to specified areas such as vehicles with boat trailers only and cars and oversized vehicles bays.

The signage will also display the fee structure.

Fees

0 – 2 Hours $2

2 – 4 Hours $4

4 – 12 Hours $6

12 – 24 Hours $8 and part each day thereafter


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