The action group fighting the sale of the Bruce Bishop car park in Surfers Paradise claims the city council’s plans for a major car park at Burleigh Heads supports their case.
A multi-storey car park is a key part of the next extension of the Gold Coast light rail and will be built close to the Burleigh Heads terminus for passengers.
The Save Surfers Paradise group, which is made up of high profile local professionals, is arguing the need for a major car park on the southern end of the tram line reinforces the need to keep public parking spaces available in Surfers.
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The action group says the council’s controversial decision to sell the city’s asset in May was “madness, economic vandalism, and makes no sense at all.”
They’re putting three arguments forward for their case, with the continued use of the Bruce Bishop car park by local tram commuters a major point.
“It [the car park] has been proven to be used as a Park and Ride facility by locals catching the tram to the University Hospital,” the SSP group said.
“We know that parking at BBCP went up 23% in the 2 years after the tram commenced operation.”
The group are also claiming the car park “had very little cost to ratepayers because it was mainly paid for by developer contributions and parking fees it collected over many years” as well as the car park being able to “make enough profit to pay for its own expenses and maintenance upkeep.”