Paid parking will come, says mayor

MAYOR Gerard O'Connell says the region won't experience the same "horror stories" of paid parking capital cities do - but he admits it remains on the radar for the region.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Cr O'Connell said the Fraser Coast Regional Council had put the plans on the table to source an in depth report.

But he rejects the claims paid parking will be introduced to the region anytime soon.

"Technically it ain't going to happen tomorrow," he said.

Cr O'Connell said the council had paused to get more information about the issue - but he admitted an implementation was imminent.

"We will live in an area at one stage with paid parking," he said.

"This is a topical issue.

"We said stop, take a breath, lay it on the table officially.

"We want a report to come back about regulated time parking with a view to transition into paid parking."

Both the Maryborough and Hervey Bay Chambers of Commerce have criticised the council's plan to implement the system.

A staunch advocate against paid parking is councillor for Hervey Bay George Seymour. "I am opposed to this paid parking proposal because I believe it will be detrimental to the entire community; workers, customers and businesses," he said.

"We should be aspirational about the future of our community. "Who's vision for our future includes paid parking- mine certainly doesn't.

"It will change the look and feel of our towns."

"People will always have to be conscious of having the correct change on them whilst shopping or doing other activities and be aware of the time ticking on the metre.

But Cr O'Connell said $14 million of ratepayers money was spent providing for parking asphalting landscaping, line marking and capital works.

He said the parking was expected to cost $4 a day or 50c an hour with yearly permits available. Hervey Bay Physiotherapy owner Dwayne Kempsey said the council hadn't consulted him.

"There's a huge lack of consultation. Nobody told any of the businesses here or even asked us on our thoughts ," Mr Kempsey said.

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