The Sunshine Coast Council will host a workshop in response to a spate of complaints over parking fines.
The Sunshine Coast Council will host a workshop in response to a spate of complaints over parking fines. Warren Lynam

Anger over fines sparks workshop on parking rules

THE Sunshine Coast Council is preparing to host a workshop to explain parking management and legislation, following complaints from residents over fines for verge parking.

The workshop involving representatives of community groups, business and industry organisations, government agencies and Council will next month examine the management of unlawful parking of vehicles on road verges in the region.

Sunshine Coast mayor Mark Jamieson said the workshop was in response to the range of recent community concerns regarding parking infringements for vehicles parked unlawfully.

"I made a commitment in December to hold a workshop to discuss the many elements associated with the management of parking on the road verge and the arrangements we are putting in place will help to better inform all stakeholders," Cr Jamieson said.

"Invitations to the workshop have been sent to a number of community and resident groups, the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, service providers, utilities, media outlets and business and industry representatives.

"This workshop will provide an opportunity for all attendees to gain a clear perspective on the legislative framework put in place by the Queensland Government for parking on the road verge, the impacts and implications for a range of service and utility providers, public access and safety issues and the expectations and views of the community, business and industry.

"Key data and statistics on parking management, including comparisons with other similar councils will also be presented."

Cr Jamieson said the context within which this workshop is conducted will reflect Council's statutory responsibilities under the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995.

"In managing parking across our region, we must balance the need to provide a corridor of safety on the roads and on footpaths, nature strips and verges, particularly where there are instances of dangers or hazards," Cr Jamieson said.

"Council also must take into account the different perspectives on this issue held by residents throughout our community - many of whom are strongly opposed to the obstruction of the road verge by vehicles.

"Council has to provide a fair and consistent approach that is in the best interests of our region, complies with the State Government's regulatory framework and ensures the ongoing safety of our community."

Residents will need an invite to attend the workshop on Monday February 12 at the Lake Kawana Community Centre.