Parking around the WetSide water park at Pialba. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Parking around the WetSide water park at Pialba. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Driver says he may not be returning to Bay after $117 fine

ROSS Dowling may "never return to the Bay" after being stung with a $117 fine for parking illegally near WetSide Waterpark.

Mr Dowling was taking his grandchildren for a splash in the free waterpark in one of the busiest times of the day when he parked his car on the grass near the Pialba Caravan Park.

The Buxton resident returned after about 30 minutes at WetSide to find a ticket under his windscreen.

He claims there was no signage and not enough carparks in the area -so he took his ticket to the Fraser Coast Regional Council's offices on Tavistock St.

"They would not waive the fine," he said.

"We were only parked there for half-an-hour - there's no signage there at all.

"Why not just give a warning?

"I won't be coming back to Hervey Bay again."

Parking at Wetside Water Park
Parking at Wetside Water Park Alistair Brightman

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said Mr Dowling was illegally parked at the "emergency assembly area for WetSide".

There are no signs explicitly saying "no parking" however there is a sign identifying the area as an "emergency assembly area", meaning it is off-limits for drivers.

Cr O'Connell said the council had boosted car parking in the area by allowing drivers to park free in nearby Charles St for four hours on weekends.

"Council urges motorists not to park illegally on the footpath in front of WetSide or on the grass along the Esplanade in front of the Seafront Oval as vehicles trying to park or pull out on to the Esplanade are causing dangerous traffic disruptions," he said.

Mr Dowling has reluctantly paid the fine.

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