Park­ing lim­its backed

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - LEA EMERY

GOLD Coast City Coun­cil is press­ing ahead with con­tro­ver­sial plans for new park­ing re­stric­tions in nine ar­eas of the city.

De­spite protests from res­i­dents, the pro­posal to in­tro­duce the week­day park­ing lim­its was passed unan­i­mously by the Coun­cil’s Gov­er­nance Com­mit­tee.

The ar­eas af­fected in­clude parts of South­port, Broad­beach, Bilinga, Chevron Is­land, Var­sity Lakes, Main Beach, Robina Sta­dium, Met­ri­con Sta­dium and the Gold Coast Health and Knowl­edge Precinct.

Gov­er­nance com­mit­tee chair­man Wil­liam OwenJones said changes to the park­ing zones were ur­gent.

“The lo­cal law needs to be in place for the Com­mon­wealth Games and there is a tor­tu­ous process that has to be gone through be­fore mak­ing a lo­cal law,” he said.

“It will be re­viewed in the first 12 months of op­er­a­tion.”

La­bor can­di­date for Bon­ney Rowan Holzberger said pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion about the changes was in­ad­e­quate.

“No­body I spoke to heard about it,” he said.

Labrador coun­cil­lor Kristyn Boulton said park­ing laws had been un­der re­view since 2015.

“We have open and trans­par­ent com­mit­tee and coun­cil meet­ings talk­ing about park­ing,” she said.

Cr Boulton the park­ing is­sues were part of “grow­ing pains”.

“I think it’s im­por­tant we re­view and see what res­i­dents are feel­ing,” she said. “There will al­ways be park­ing is­sues we need to re­view and re­view.”

A meet­ing of full coun­cil will vote on whether to give fi­nal ap­proval to the laws on Tues­day.

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