Res­i­dent ’park­ing mad’

Fine angers lo­cal who can’t get a car per­mit

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - BRITT RAM­SEY

A GOLD Coast City Coun­cil bid to free up on-street park­ing along Golden Four Dve at Bilinga is caus­ing headaches for lo­cals.

War­ren Baker, who moved from Arun­del six months ago with his fam­ily into their three-bed­room duplex with two garage spots at Bilinga, said he was in­el­i­gi­ble for a res­i­dent park­ing per­mit be­cause his home was not a “house’’.

“Yet un­der the coun­cil’s park­ing pol­icy if we were a freestanding three-bed­room house with two off-street car parks, we would qual­ify for an on-street park­ing per­mit – go fig­ure,” he said.

Res­i­dent park­ing per­mits are avail­able for res­i­dents who live within a time-re­stricted park­ing area and have lim­ited off-street park­ing. The per­mit al­lows res­i­dents to park for an un­lim­ited pe­riod of time in a time-re­stricted park­ing area, sub­ject to con­di­tions.

“In­stead we have to ap­ply for and pur­chase a visi­tor’s per­mit for $88, which we must re­new each year. And we can only have one,’’ he said. “My daugh­ter just re­ceived a $75 fine for park­ing out­side our prop­erty last week, when she for­got to move her car .”

In Jan­uary the coun­cil en­forced new park­ing con­di­tions, from un­lim­ited to strict four-hour times­lots, on the south­ern end of Golden Four Dve to de­ter jetsetters from tak­ing up spa­ces.

“There were a lot of peo­ple park­ing their cars for days on end and walk­ing over to the air­port to avoid park­ing fees,” Mr Baker said.

“Now on any given day if you walk out­side our prop­erty there are sev­eral hun­dred me­tres of po­ten­tial car spa­ces are not be­ing used.”

Mr Baker said he had ap­proached the coun­cil sev­eral times but re­ceived no writ­ten response. It was only af­ter per­sis­tent con­tact that an of­fi­cer spoke to him.

Division 14 coun­cil­lor Gail O’Neill agreed the poli­cies, around duplex and apart­ment own­ers be­ing in­el­i­gi­ble for per­mits, were out­dated.

Pic­ture: JERA WILLIAMS

Bil­am­bil res­i­dent War­ren Baker is fu­ri­ous he doesn’t qual­ify for a park­ing per­mit be­cause he lives in a duplex. A visi­tor’s per­mit to avoid fines such as this costs $88 a year.

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