Park­ing fines stir up anger

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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.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

DAM­AGE: Cy­clone Deb­bie had a pro­found ef­fect on some Whit­sun­day homes.

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