Park­ing con­cerns lo­cals

Dis­cus­sion to im­prove busi­ness

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

CHURCHILL St in Childers has re­cently seen the com­ple­tion of the beau­ti­ful streetscape and as a re­sult the num­ber of car park­ing places has been re­duced.

Con­cerned with the park­ing is­sues on the main street, the Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce sent a let­ter to the Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil in re­gards to the pos­si­ble in­tro­duc­tion of timed street park­ing.

Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ren­nie Cini said more lo­cals should con­sider park­ing in Cres­cent St as the car park was un­der­utilised by the com­mu­nity.

“The cham­ber of com­merce has iden­ti­fied that timed park­ing of a max­i­mum of two hours dur­ing the pe­riod of 8.30am to 2pm week­days be­tween Ste­wart St and Broad­hurst St would greatly ben­e­fit the busi­ness com­mu­nity.” Mr Cini said.

The cham­ber is in­ter­ested in re­ceiv­ing com­mu­nity feed­back and ideas to im­prove the park­ing con­cerns raised.

There are many ben­e­fits to the town in hav­ing timed park­ing and the cham­ber would like to share its views with the wider com­mu­nity:

BRC has cre­ated al­ter­na­tive park­ing lo­cated in Cres­cent St.

The re­cent com­ple­tion of the streetscape has re­duced the num­ber of park­ing spots avail­able.

Timed park­ing will make avail­able more spa­ces for visi­tors to town and also cus­tomers to busi­nesses.

Shop own­ers and their em­ploy­ees park­ing in front of their busi­ness or an­other all day im­pacts all busi­nesses eco­nom­i­cally.

Hav­ing spa­ces avail­able for visi­tors will en­tice more peo­ple to stop in town and spend their money.

Mr Cini said hope­fully the cham­ber could cre­ate some com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and busi­ness own­ers and per­haps spark a de­bate into solv­ing the park­ing is­sues.

He said the cham­ber would be run­ning an ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign via so­cial me­dia to en­gage with the com­mu­nity and en­cour­age con­struc­tive feed­back and ideas.

“We need to im­prove the con­ges­tion to en­tice more visi­tors to our town,” he said.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

PARK UP: Busi­ness owner and Childers Cham­ber of Com­merce pres­i­dent Ren­nie Cini is con­cerned with park­ing is­sues on Churchill St as the Cres­cent St car park sits empty.

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