Driv­ers in the dark over park

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

ZOE Can­field be­lieved she did noth­ing wrong when she re­ceived a $243 fine for park­ing in a dis­abled zone at Co­conut Grove.

Since Fri­day, Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil had posted on Face­book it would al­low overnight park­ing in Co­conut Grove in the short-term, recog­nis­ing the lack of vi­able ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able fol­low­ing Cy­clone Deb­bie.

Ms Can­field said based on what she had seen on­line, she be­lieved all park­ing reg­u­la­tions had been waived.

“I would never park in a dis­abled space nor­mally but I needed to get stuff out of my of­fice and I be­lieved I was not do­ing any­thing wrong due to the in­for­ma­tion put out.”

A Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil spokesper­son clar­i­fied that dis­abled park­ing spots were al­ways mon­i­tored.

“Dis­abled car parks are al­ways strictly en­forced to en­able mo­bil­ity for peo­ple with func­tional im­pair­ment,” the spokesper­son said.

“Un­der no cir­cum­stances are dis­abled car parks com­pro­mised.”

Free overnight park­ing came to an end at Co­conut Grove on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, with a num­ber of back­packer and camp­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions now open, in­clud­ing Mag­nums and Big 4 Ad­ven­ture Whit­sun­day Re­sort.

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