Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson today called for a workshop on Council’s approach to managing parking infringements.
“The Councillors and I acknowledge there is significant community commentary occurring regarding council’s approach to parking infringements and fines,” Mayor Jamieson said.
“While Council has a legal responsibility to enforce the law on behalf of the community, I have requested a workshop be held early in the new year as this matter is generating community concern.
“Council officers, community and resident groups, Queensland Police Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, RACQ, service providers and utilities will be invited to attend the workshop and make submissions to enable the Councillors and I to review the best practice approach to parking management.
“This will provide an opportunity for the Councillors and officers to establish an agreed approach that is in the best interests of our region, complies with the State Government’s regulatory framework and ensures the ongoing safety of our community.”
Acting Chief Executive Officer Warren Bunker said he has advised council officers to take a common-sense approach when issuing parking infringements and fines, but also stressed the importance of maintaining the regulatory framework.
“Council has a responsibility to provide a corridor of safety on the road and on footpaths, nature strips and verges,” Mr Bunker said.
“Where there are instances of dangers or hazards to the community, fines will continue to be imposed because safety is our highest priority,” Mr Bunker said.
Mr Bunker said the issuing of infringement notices is primarily in response to complaints received from the community.
“Council is responsible for regulating parking under State Government legislation and we are obliged to follow up and investigate all complaints received,” Mr Bunker said.
“Council vehicles are also subject to the same laws as any member of the community, and if these vehicles are parked illegally they can expect to be issued with an infringement.
“Council has listened to community feedback and a workshop early in the new year will provide the opportunity to review our current practices – ensuring there is no unwarranted angst in the community.”