THE Daily (October 11) carried a story about poor planning by the council with modern urban development.
That stated, in part, Sunshine Coast Council may shift away from the narrow street subdivision model which had failed to cater for the number of vehicles used by modern households and was now seeing residents daily facing $94 fines for verge parking in front of their properties.
For the past three or four decades, all tiers of government have been lured to the fiscal honey jar, maximising land use and failing the future.
Local government has accepted narrow roads because places like Glenfield, Waterbury Park and Brightwater, grouped as Mountain Creek, with narrow back streets could have added a total of 20 or 30 more lots, the basis of rate collection.
With the council’s purge on verge parking maybe the home owner should concrete the front yard enabling the family and friends visiting to park with
fear of the council employee with his camera and printer of the offence notice.
Of course to do that would cause local flooding as the stormwater systems were never designed to cope with the thunderstorm downpours and the occasional unusual weather event, without the absorbing of the rain by the exposed earth covered with lawn. — BOB BUICK Mountain Creek