Gympie Regional Council sees Imbil getting busier.
Gympie Regional Council sees Imbil getting busier. Contributed

Forward thinking on parking plan

THOSE who thought Imbil did not have such an immediate problem with traffic and parking are not alone. And a Gympie Regional Council report on the subject this week is mostly forward-thinking, councillors were told this week.

The report, to council’s Works and Services Committee, said there may be traffic advantages in providing more formalised parking in the town.

But engineering director Bob Fredman told the meeting drainage issues in William Street and through the showgrounds would probably have a high priority.

“There’s probably a couple of years’ work in that,” he told the meeting.

Some other areas probably would also need attention after that, he said.

The staff report listed positive and negative consequences of formalised parking bays, including they may “reduce the perceived amount of available parking spaces, given that some vehicles are currently parking closer to the intersection corners than allowed under the Traffic Act” and “the marking of parking bays in the service road will narrow the roadway traffic lanes,” which would “assist in speed reduction”.

The report also warned parking bays along Yabba Road “will be subject to Department of Transport and Main Roads approval.”

Mary Valley councillors Jan Watt and Julie Walker took slightly different perspectives on the issue, with Cr Watt saying she was “not currently aware of parking issues” and Cr Walker saying more regulation could improve the situation for shoppers at the town’s supermarket.

Cr Watt warned decisions now needed to be made with care as they could be binding in the future.

“Having lived there, I’ve found it seems to be self-regulating because people don’t park for long,” she said.

Cr Walker said one of her main issues was the plan for 13 parking bays across the railway line.

“Parking in front of the supermarket worries me, because there are people parking all over the shop,” she said.

Committee chairman Larry Friske said council should talk to the shop owner.

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