Fans see red over parking tickets
These vehicles were fined for being parked on the grass in Telopea Park. Photo: Graham Tidy
Scores of cricket fans emerged from Canberra's first one day international under lights to find they had been stung by parking inspectors.
Inspectors blitzed the area around Manuka Oval during the afternoon, leaving tickets on row after row of vehicles parked on grassland and in non-parking areas.
The targeting of fans' cars angered many late on Wednesday night, as they emerged to find the dreaded yellow envelopes tucked under their wipers.
The family of Tony Murcutt, from Gungahlin, were furious at being booked.
Mr Murcutt, who has disabled parking permits for both his elderly parents, was forced to park on grassland at New South Wales Crescent, because all the disabled parks were full an hour before the game started.
The free buses provided by ACTION were not an option, due to the condition of his parents.
''I'll be challenging it, Mr Murcutt said.
''I got here an hour before it started … I've got my camera out to take pictures of where I am because there's no signs here,'' he said.
Farrer resident James Earle also parked along the grassland on New South Wales Crescent, but his late arrival meant he missed the blitz.
''It's a bit harsh, you put on a public event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Canberra, and promote the event as somewhere to go,'' Mr Earle said.
''Then you just pick up $83 per person you sting, especially when there's no parking around here,'' he said.
Correction: This article originally quoted Steve Bloomfield and Dave Gozzard. The Canberra Times has since been told the people quoted did not give their real names.