Councillor caught on camera parking illegally at Scarness

Councillor Robert Garland was snapped parking illegally in Scarness.
Councillor Robert Garland was snapped parking illegally in Scarness. Contributed

FRASER Coast councillor Robert Garland has been caught parking illegally outside a coffee shop in Scarness, but the community portfolio councillor claims it was months ago.

A resident noticed Cr Garland and took a photo of his car, parked illegally on Charlton Esplanade.

While it's unclear exactly when the photo was taken, Cr Garland suggested it was a few months old because he had added more bumper stickers to his car since it was taken.

He said he stopped outside the shop "all the time" but he "couldn't recollect" that specific incident.

"I do remember pulling up - I pulled up to get a coffee," he said.

However Cr Garland denied the claims he was parking there and moved once a member of the public caught him out.

"It's been highlighted to me and I moved on," he said.

"I recognise the error - it's not recent."

The resident who sent the photo to the Chronicle was disappointed with Cr Garland's actions.

"If this was you or I, we would get nailed," she wrote.

Speaking to the Chronicle before a meeting about parking with other councillors, Cr Garland was still keen to promote the local laws.

"We all have to be mindful of the parking rules," he said.

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