Objection to parking restrictions

Cannonvale resident Chris Johnston wants council to find a solution to the parking problems on Shingley Drive.
Cannonvale resident Chris Johnston wants council to find a solution to the parking problems on Shingley Drive.

WHITSUNDAY Regional Council says it won't back down on its decision to introduce parking restrictions on Shingley Drive and near the Whitsunday Sailing Club, despite residents' objections.

Four-hour parking limits are soon to be enforced at both places with signs already erected at the sailing club.

Council's Community and Environment Director Gavin Crawford said it was necessary for parking limits to be enforced, particularly on Shingley Drive because it was unsafe.

Mr Crawford said there was always options to vary the restrictions as time went on but at this stage, they would remain as planned.

“There's always variations,” he said.

“It is not set in concrete.

“But it is unsafe the way cars are parked.

Mr Crawford reminded residents of areas where people could park without restrictions.

“There are still some areas that are free,” he said.

“If it is not a no-standing zone and there are no yellow lines. It is a parking area but it is first in best dressed.

“People need to work out what is best for them.”

Cannonvale resident Chris Johnston said he was concerned for locals and tourists that they couldn't use the marina's facilities because of the state of parking in the area.

“People are forced to park wherever they can find a piece of ground because $8 a day (to park at the marina) is just not affordable,” he said.

“It is tough. What do they do?

“My kids have received fines for parking here (near the marina).

“Why aren't locals given a bit of relaxation?

“We pay hefty rates here.

“These guys (council) can't tell us to walk to work or get a bus.

“We want a solution and we are not seeing council offering any solutions.”

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