CHURCHILL ST PARK­ING

Frus­trated lo­cal wants re­tail­ers to park on Churchill St

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

CON­CERNED lo­cal and long-time res­i­dent Kevin Reeps­dorff has had enough of driv­ing around Childers try­ing to find a carpark on Churchill St. He be­lieves there are a few busi­ness own­ers and em­ploy­ees park­ing their cars on Churchill St and he is frus­trated.

Mr Reeps­dorff said the ar­ti­cle in Town and Coun­try a few weeks ago asked for cars to be parked in Cres­cent St has made no dif­fer­ence – staff cars are pre­vent­ing lo­cals and trav­ellers from stopping.

“You will see the same cars parked out the front of busi­ness, day af­ter day,” he said.

Af­ter 9am on any given week day in Childers, Churchill St is a nightmare to find park­ing and res­i­dents are left driv­ing in cir­cles wait­ing for a car space.

The Cham­ber of Com­merce sug­gested a pos­si­ble so­lu­tion is to park in Cres­cent St.

Mr Reeps­dorff said park­ing on Cres­cent St is in the best in­ter­est for busi­ness; if shop­pers can’t park, they won’t spend.

“Is it re­ally too far for peo­ple to walk? If I can park there so can ev­ery­one else.”

Bundaberg is cur­rently test­ing a mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem of parked cars in Bour­bong St and Mr Reeps­dorff would like to see a sim­i­lar sys­tem in­stalled to re­duce all-day park­ing in Childers.

Childers Cham­ber of Com­mence has been in touch with Bundaberg Re­gional Coun­cil in re­gards to solv­ing park­ing is­sues on the main street.

A spokesman for the Cham­ber of Com­merce said the tri­als in Bundaberg need to be re­viewed be­fore the sys­tem can be in­stalled and tested in Childers or around the re­gion.

Tourism is a ma­jor source of in­come for many busi­ness op­er­a­tors in Childers and with lim­ited park­ing avail­able, busi­ness own­ers are en­cour­aged to park on Cres­cent St.

Frus­trated lo­cals would like to see Cres­cent St car park used by all the busi­ness own­ers and staff cars, to free up more spots on Churchill St.

All-day park­ing is a grow­ing con­cern for many busi­ness own­ers as cus­tomers take their busi­ness else­where.

“The all-day park­ing is meant for shop­pers and not the re­tail­ers, it’s just not good enough,” he said.

Mr Reeps­dorff is pas­sion­ate about the com­mu­nity he lives in and would like to see a lit­tle more co-oper­a­tion from busi­ness own­ers.

Kevin Reeps­dorff

The all-day park­ing is meant for shop­pers and not the re­tail­ers; it’s just not good enough.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

EMPTY: Kevin Reeps­dorff wants busi­ness own­ers to park in Cres­cent St.

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