Park­ing in Air­lie

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Air­lie the lovely tourist town now – has any thought been given to park­ing – what can you do in one hour?

I live in Air­lie, my den­tist and doc­tor are here, and it is rare to get out mostly in much less than an hour; for­get about hav­ing a cof­fee.

Port of Air­lie is new, see the dress shops, try the cafes, I’ve been go­ing since it was opened.

I have told friends I will no longer meet them as I refuse to pay park­ing fees.

Not mean – I pay some of the high­est rates in Aus­tralia.

On prin­ci­ple, that quaint and ar­chaic word. (About time we dis­cussed res­i­den­tial park­ing per­mits).

Rel­lies were here, and hadn’t seen the street fin­ished. They thought it mar­vel­lous.

We wanted to stroll its length then shop and have a leisurely lunch.

My cousin had a bad foot and we talked on and on where to drop us and then go and park.

They said “ah for­get it we’ll have a sand­wich at the car­a­van”.

So there was $80-100 loss to an eatery and what else? I’m sur­prised traders aren’t up in arms.

I spend a lot of money and time in Air­lie and had my pet park­ing spots.

I didn’t have to clock watch. I won’t be mov­ing ev­ery hour in a ve­hi­cle, with tem­per­a­tures hit­ting 40-50 de­grees cel­sius in sum­mer or be us­ing taxis that I swear cost more than London black cabs.

So are you go­ing to kill the golden goose? Var­i­ous coun­cils have had their hands in its feath­ers for years. Caro F Wood AIR­LIE BEACH

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