Tourism buck passes
LIKE just about every business in Rainbow Beach, Bruce Geissmann's hardware, fishing and camping store relies heavily on the tourist dollar.
This is why he is angry about recent roadworks carried out in front of his store on Rainbow Beach Rd, restricting passing traffic from stopping.
No Standing signs have gone up on both sides of the road and yellow lines run from outside his business to Carlo Rd, where vehicles heading into town towing boats and trailers would normally park to access the store.
Directly across the road is the same - vehicles towing long loads on their way out of town have nowhere to pull up.
And if that isn't enough, continuous double white lines up the middle of the road restrict outbound vehicles from turning into the remaining car parks.
Mr Geissmann's question to the department responsible is: where will his customers park now? "It's hard enough making a living without this added obstacle of people not being able to park with trailers and boats," he said. "It's a tourist town ... we don't want to turn visitors away. If they're anything like me, if they can't find a parking spot, they'll just keep going."
Gympie Council's Works and Services Department chairman Larry Friske said road marking was carried out to meet conditions imposed by Transport and Main Roads in relation to the aquatic centre development. The aim was to improve safety due to an anticipated increase in traffic volumes.
Cr Friske said while it appeared Mr Geissmann's store had sufficient parallel parking outside his store, it was possible that parking for vehicles with boats and trailers was not factored into the design.
He promised to "go back and have another look at it", adding that council did not want works to negatively impact on any business.