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'Common sense': Council will review Coast parking laws

THE Sunshine Coast Council has announced it would 'review' its parking management practices after a Coast-wide outrage reached boiling point.

A petition against the council created by Coast residents has been signed by nearly 5000 people.

It has called on the council to address parking issues after residents were being fined daily, and construction work sites and whole streets were being stung with 'unfair' and 'unjust' council fines.

Is the council's parking policy an issue?

This poll ended on 23 December 2017.

Current Results

Yes, the council should use common sense when issuing fines


No, if you park illegally expect to be fined


Maybe there needs to be a town meeting to discuss the issue


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


Mayor Mark Jamieson said the council would hold a workshop for not only residents, but council officers and emergency services to address the issue.

He said he and his fellow councillors had acknowledged there was "significant community commentary" surrounding the organisation's approach to parking fines.

"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," Cr Jamieson said.

"This will provide an opportunity for the councillors and officers to establish an agreed approach that is in the best interests of our region."

Acting CEO Warren Bunker said he told council officers to "take a common sense approach" when issuing parking infringements and fines.

He said the steep increase in the amount of parking fines issued was the result of residents calling in to complain.

"Council is responsible for regulating parking under State Government legislation and we are obliged to follow up and investigate all complaints received," he said.

In response to the council's heavy-handed approach, many residents took to Facebook and posted photos of council cars also parked illegally in the same spots people were fined $94.

Mr Bunker said council vehicles were subject to the same laws as the community and if parked illegally, a council worker could expect to be issued with an infringement.

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