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Brisbane paid parking plan irks residents

A residents group fighting the introduction of paid parking permits in 14 Brisbane suburbs has vowed to continue its battle, despite City Hall forging ahead with the plan.

Brisbane City Council last year announced a $10 fee for previously free residential parking permits would apply in 14 areas from the beginning of March.

The fee introduction, capped at $25 per household, was specifically targeted at inner-city suburbs and high-density sites, such as suburbs near hospitals, in a bid to tackle non-resident parking.

Letters have this month gone out to residents of affected suburbs, requesting payment.

However, Residents Against Paid Parking’s Sue Bremner said the group remained committed to the fight.

‘‘We don’t just shrug our shoulders and say it’s over,’’ she said.

‘‘I think we keep trying to get signatures and would like to encourage people to go and talk to local councillors.

‘‘It’s miserable, sneaky, mean-spirited and inequitable.’’

Deputy Mayor and infrastructure chairman Adrian Schrinner said the progressive introduction of paid parking permits in the chosen suburbs was in response to requests from residents and businesses.

“The residential parking permits were introduced to allow locals to park near their home and deter other motorists from parking in inner-city streets for long periods of time to potentially avoid paying for CBD parking,” Cr Schrinner said.

“However the scheme costs half a million dollars to administer, and in order to recover some of this cost, we will introduce a modest $10 service charge in March.’’

Ms Bremner said she hoped the decision would be repealed in this year’s budget.

‘‘I think they probably thought, ‘it’s 10 bucks and we might get a few phone calls but people will get that it’s only 10 dollars’,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not the quantum, it’s the principle of the matter. It’s not going to stay at 10.’’

Online petitions protesting the move have attracted more than 1000 signatures.

Ms Bremner said she had been disappointed by requests to meet with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk not eventuating in a meeting.

However, Cr Schrinner said he would meet with the principal petitioner, once the petition closed on January 25.

The petition is also set to be considered by City Hall’s infrastructure committee.

27 comments so far

  • "Adrian Schrinner said the progressive introduction of paid parking permits in the chosen suburbs was in response to requests from residents and businesses"

    Adrian, I'm sure residents and businesses were under the assumption that this would be a free service, and were never told that it was an item that council were going to charge for. BCC revenue raising at its worst.

    Commenter
    Kent G
    Location
    Windsor
    Date and time
    January 24, 2014, 7:12AM
    • Welcome to the real world. I am sure residents and businesses would prefer all services free, but it's not realistic, is it?

      Why should outer-suburb residents pay for reserving parking spots for near-city residents?

      Commenter
      greg
      Date and time
      January 24, 2014, 8:49AM
    • Surely the "administration cost" of residential parking permits is adequately funded by the fines council rakes in for those parking without a valid permit.

      Commenter
      Scotty
      Date and time
      January 24, 2014, 12:26PM
    • Of course if you want a permit you should pay the admin fee. Max $25 per house is very reasonable. When I lived in Melbourne 10years ago our local council charged us $50 per year for the 1st parking permit and $250 a year for additional and depending what street you lived in the number of permits where capped, our street was 2 permits. The permit only gave you the right to park in your own street. Residents are not paying for the permit just the administration associated with the permit. Keep your outrage for the day they decide to charge for the actual permit and reduce the permit for parking in your own street

      Commenter
      MS10733
      Date and time
      January 24, 2014, 12:36PM
    • Just because one city council charges for parking does not make it fair and reasonable for another. It's a non-comparative argument MS10733. It's like saying 'well back in my day we were given the strap at school, so it's ok to hit children as a form of punishment'. If you're willing to pay that $50 or worst $300 for permits and not make a fuss about it, then you're complicit in a council's unreasonable application of law.

      For example: In my street you only need permits on one side, so all workers park out the front of my house (the non-permit side). Essentially I'll have to pay for something, that ultimately I won't be able to use - a park outside my own place because it's occupied more often than not by someone else. Even if they do install parking restrictions on my side of the street, it merely moves the problem further out. So I pay for something that inconveniences somebody else - Council's logic is just ridiculous.

      greg "Why should outer-suburb residents pay for reserving parking spots for near-city residents?"

      It's not about reserving spots for near-city residents. I live in a street that is 5km from the city, my street is inundated with hospital workers because the hospital has never built the proper infrastructure to accommodate staff. Also on sport days our suburb is full with soccer mums in 4WDs. The problem is the lack of 'smart' planning and investment in public transport by the city council. Instead they've invested billions into tunnels that don't work, and as a result Windsor has become the bottleneck of Brisbane. Never mind the floods THEY CAUSED in our area whilst building them.

      Commenter
      Kent G
      Location
      Windsor
      Date and time
      January 24, 2014, 10:56PM
  • Anyone been investing obscene amounts of money in under-utilised tunnels much?
    Smacks of desperation - watch these insidious fees creeping slowly through the community as council working committees find ways to plug the gap and hit those who cannot defend themselves.

    Commenter
    Woody
    Date and time
    January 24, 2014, 8:24AM
    • Newman has a lot to answer for. He's a wilfully reckless spender of public money and has sent this council broke. They can barely function most of the time it seems compared to before when he took over there.

      Commenter
      PJ
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      January 24, 2014, 8:32AM
    • Has nothing to do with Newman Government, it is the Brisbane City Council that looks after parking permits not the State Government.

      Commenter
      MS10733
      Date and time
      January 24, 2014, 12:37PM
  • Well, it's a simple as this. I am affected by this, in fact, I had to shell over $25.00 by early Feb 2014 to park outside my own unit in Milton. But my point is this:, WE, that is, the voting public by majority, voted this administration into power by the democratic process. I accept the democratic process and the result. However, WE did it to ourselves. By voting into power this current administration, WE gave them an endorsement to slug us with a huge range of increasing fees and charges. WE have only ourselves to blame, not the BCC, next time folks, be little more careful with your vote, it has tremendous power on election day.

    Commenter
    citislicker
    Date and time
    January 24, 2014, 8:40AM
    • $25 is nothing to complain about. Most other states actually charge you a fee for the actual permit. When I lived in Melbourne it was $50 for first permit, $250 for other permits per year and permit is only for your street. Depending on the parking situation in your street depended on how many parking permits you could apply for.
      A $25 admin fee so you can park in the precent of your home, sounds very good to me

      Commenter
      MS10733
      Date and time
      January 24, 2014, 12:44PM

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