Workers angry at decision

THE issue of parking at Abel Point Marina has been going on for some time.

Whitsunday Regional Council’s decision to introduce paid parking in the main car park at Abel Point has drawn a mixed reaction from workers and businesses who use the marina daily.

The fees, which range from $2 for two hours to $8 for 12-24 hours, are likely to be introduced in early May.

Council has said that the introduction of fees is part of a plan to make Abel Point more user friendly.

Workers admit there is a major problem with parking at the marina but they are angry that they will now be slugged up to $8 per day just to come to work.

What they said

• John Scarrott – Daydream Island worker: “If you are not at Abel Point by 7am you miss out on a park. There is always at least half a dozen to a dozen camper vans there. Workers can’t possibly afford $8 per day to park there. What they should do is have a workers rate.”

• Sue Gunston – Cumberland Charter Yachts General Manager: “Parking has a huge impact on our business. Our major problem is there is nowhere for our charters to offload. $8 per day to park in Airlie Beach is laughable and the lack of consultation is deplorable.”

• Karlie Buckley – Barracudas employee: “There needs to be somewhere for us to park that is free. I work four days a week and it is always difficult to find a park. I have to drive because I have to drop the kids off at kinder on the way.”

• Robyn Nixon – Gloria’s cafe employee: “I live in Proserpine so I have to drive here everyday. The extra $40 per week I have to pay is going to make it very hard. It is another added expense.”

• Michael Pedulla – Fishdive Charters: “There is not enough room here especially when the weather is nice. I’m trying to run a business and on a nice day you can’t find anywhere to park because the place is full by 6am.”

• Rachael Hohnke – Great Barrier Reef Boat Sales: “We have our own area to park but parking is always a problem for our clients particularly when they come from out of town and don’t know the area very well. There is nothing worse than when you take a client out to look at a boat and when you come back they have a ticket because they didn’t know where to park. It leaves a sour taste for them.”

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