Paid parking could become a reality for the Fraser Coast

PAID parking could be a reality for parts of the Fraser Coast in the next 16 years.

A parking strategy looking to 2031 was unanimously endorsed by Fraser Coast councillors in this week's meeting.

It includes big-ticket projects such as a multi-level $7.65 million carpark earmarked for the Hervey Bay Library in 2030, and a proposal to place a fee on any new off-street parking.

Developers who cannot supply enough parking will also have to contribute to the cost of offsite car parking under a new policy.

The strategy also addresses future car park needs in places such as the medical precinct near the new St Stephen's Hospital on Nissen St and tourism and business hotspots.

"The introduction of a combination of regulated parking, i.e. timed parking and paid parking, should be considered as an integral strategy to address parking demand," the strategy said.

"Research has demonstrated that pricing of on-street parking should aim to keep about 15% of spaces vacant, which will result in drivers generally always being able to find a space."

The strategy predicts a shortfall in tourist precincts at Torquay, Scarness, Urangan and Pialba over the next 20 years.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the Fraser Coast remained an area reliant on cars for travel.

He said in the council meeting this week the discussion needed to be had on introducing a user-pays system for premium parking spots.

Councillor Trevor McDonald called for greater emphasis on other forms of travel to help ease the burden on parking spaces.

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Proposed parking developments 2014-2031

  • Street-widening on several spots on Freshwater St.
  • 100 off-street parking spots on Zephyr St.
  • 300-space multi-level carpark at Hervey Bay Library.

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