Parking fines stir up anger
there would be none now. It’s tight and it’s going to continue to be tight,” he said.
Mr Beale and Mr Leet agreed that vacancy rates were already dropping and that the cyclone only served to speed the market up.
Regarding some people’s claims of high rental prices in the aftermath of the cyclone, Mr Beale said it was about supply and demand.
“Apartments were $600 a week at the top of the market during the GFC. Prior to the cyclone we were probably looking at $400-450 and now probably $500-550,” he said. “Tenants have had a good run for a lot of years.”
Mr Beale said tenants needed to be mindful that a lot of problems were out of their hands as insurance companies and assessors finished their work.
Mr Leet had some advice for current rental tenants.
“If you're a tenant I think you’ve got two choices, one is you should think about buying as now is an exceptional time to buy,” he said. “If you choose not to buy I think you should take a long-term position in your property because rents are going to rise.” CAR parking is always a problem in Airlie but was even worse after Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
One customer at Port of Airlie was furious to receive a ticket last Monday after arriving at the car park about 6.15am for a 6.30am ferry to Hamilton Island.
“I went to two ticket machines that had an ‘out of order’ notice on them and have done since Cyclone Debbie,” Tom Doland said.
After finding a third machine that was damaged and not being able to find a fourth machine, Mr Dolan said he had to board his ferry. Later he returned to find a fine.
“I had every intention of purchasing a ticket,” he said.
“To fine people in an area that is in recovery after a major cyclone when they are trying to rebuild their lives seems to me to be distinctly un-Australian.”
However, CARe Park Queensland business manager Nick Whinnett said Mr Doland’s fine would be waived after two of the five Port of Airlie ticket machines sustained damage in the cyclone.
“We’re taking a more lenient approach than we normally would,” he said.
He said the machines were now fixed and only people with genuine reasons would have fines waived.
DAMAGE: Cyclone Debbie had a profound effect on some Whitsunday homes.