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Lord Mayor announces Brisbane parking review

03 June, 2014

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced a wide ranging public investigation into the future of parking in Brisbane.

The Lord Mayor said a task force would be established to conduct the review that would include a broad range of industry bodies representing motorists, schools, businesses, retailers, transport workers and people with a disability.

Cr Quirk said the task force would be chaired by Deputy Mayor and Infrastructure Chairman Adrian Schrinner and it would hold extensive public consultation with residents encouraged to have their say on a wide range of parking issues.

“It is important to bring together a broad based group of people to look at the whole issue of parking and see if there are improvements that can be made to the provision of parking spaces and regulations,” he said.

“There is no magic pudding to parking issues in Brisbane. It's a complex issue with many varying demands for parking spaces.

“While some debate has occurred around issues of fines the reality is that in the last year alone Council received a 25 per cent increase in complaints asking for better enforcement of the regulations.

“I want to ensure that parking regulations encourage turnover for businesses and also provide safety in our suburbs, especially around schools. Where there are improvements that can be made we want to hear those suggestions.”

Cr Quirk said the draft terms of reference were in the process of being finalised but would include investigations into parking around schools, the chargeable hours of onstreet parking meter spaces, enforcement policies and procedures, parking signs, the residential parking permit scheme and CBD car parking.

He said residents would be able to have their say by lodging public submissions and council will have information available on its web site and at council libraries. A final report and recommendations would be completed and released later this year.

“There is no quick fix with parking in Brisbane nor is there any easy solution,” Cr Quirk said.

“People will be able to express their views online or by forwarding a written submission. We want to ensure the city's parking rules are as fair as possible towards everyone and enhance public safety and I encourage people to have their say.”

Invitations to participate on the task force will be extended to the RACQ, Parents and Citizens Queensland, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, Multicap, the Transport Workers Union, Taxi Council Queensland and the National Retail Association among others.
[Ends] 1 JUNE, 2014



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