WetSide, Hervey Bay’s new water education park, has proven so popular since opening that car parking spaces have become an issue.
WetSide, Hervey Bay’s new water education park, has proven so popular since opening that car parking spaces have become an issue.

WetSide parking spots at a premium

FRASER Coast Regional Council staff will today discuss the issue of car parking at WetSide.

Council officers met yesterday and will be provided with a briefing this afternoon after the regular council meeting.

Whether or not any plans are in the pipeline to build more car parks at Seafront Oval or elsewhere nearby will not be known until then.

Wide Bay Water Corporation has said parking for visitors to the Hervey Bay water education park falls under the responsibilities of the council.

The council has built a new car park in front of the WetSide Coffee Shop and upgraded the one at the back of Seafront Oval near the toilet block.

It has been a little over a week since WetSide opened however parking problems were flagged by WBWC staff ahead of the launch.

The park has proven such a hit with residents and tourists that people are struggling to find a vacant spot and are being forced to do laps of the car parks.

Some drivers are parking on the grassy corner of Main Street and the Esplanade while others are leaving their cars on Seafront Oval.

Wide Bay Transit managing director Murray Priebbenow said he met with the council about March, when plans for WetSide were first announced, about putting in a bus stop outside the park to limit the number of people driving their cars.

Mr Priebbenow said the council did not see a need for the bus stop and was considering putting one in near Taylor Street instead.

Wide Bay Transit also sent a proposal to Queensland Transport which included starting a leisure loop from Centro down to WetSide and through the main business district in Pialba.

That too was knocked back, Mr Priebbenow said, because of a lack of government funds. The proposal had also included increasing bus services.

Currently no buses stop at WetSide.



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