Council unveils changes to fix Gold Coast parking woes

Gold Coast City Council has today announced the first changes to the city’s parking, following a major review sparked by concerns from the community.

Mayor Tom Tate said Full Council endorsed the proposed changes to the Traffic Area and Parking Permit Scheme (TAPPS) on Tuesday, some of which included allowing carers to have access to a parking permit for areas where they provide at home support.

“We will be introducing a new permit for carers, so registered in-home care providers can park on-street in timed parking restriction areas for as long as required to perform their health care services,” Mayor Tate said.


“Carers perform a valuable role within our communities and we recognise the need for a permit category to be available to them.”

The residential unit parking permits in high density areas like Southport have also been increased from 20 units to 30.

“We’ve heard community concerns with criteria around multi-unit developments. We have increased the 20-unit cap to a 30-unit cap for residential parking permits within the Southport and Central Traffic Areas,” Mayor Tate said.

“I will continue to work with officers to make parking around the coast easier to understand and access.”

Boundaries for the Southport and Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct areas have also been reduced, while Robina Stadium and the Southern Traffic Area in Bilinga have been expanded.

The parking changes are expected to take effect from mid-2019, with a review of the City’s Parking Plan scheduled for mid-late 2020.