A new petition has been launched demanding proper community consultation before the introduction of two-hour parking restrictions in a number of areas across the north of the coast, including Labrador and Parkwood.
Labor candidate for the new seat of Bonney, Rowan Holzberger, began the petition on Sunday following a public meeting with over 40 concerned local residents.
“We had a fantastic meeting this afternoon in Labrador,” Mr Holzberger said.
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“Over 40 people came out to discuss their concerns about Gold Coast City Council’s lack of consultation with residents over local street parking”
“We’ve taken the step to launch a petition so that council can understand that our community wants to be heard.”
Mr Holzberger says that while “parking restrictions may benefit those who are getting parked out of their homes, some locals feel they have not been consulted about this important change.”
He says the only warning locals have been given is a couple of newspaper ads and two notifications on the City of Gold Coast’s website.
“They’ve regarded that as consultation,” he told myGC.
“My understanding is that there is something like nine of these zones going in across the city.”
Mr Holzberger said he doesn’t know why the new zones are being planned, but once they go in it’ll be almost impossible to get rid of them.
“If it is for the Commonwealth Games, residents are saying to me that they would rather put up with two weeks of disruption than have a permanent system of parking restrictions imposed on them.”
The petition is asking the Gold Coast City Council to:
a) contact residents as part of a fair consultation process to ask their opinion of proposed restrictions,
b) consider the accessibility needs of all residents when defining 2 hour parking zoning, not just those near Parkwood East Station and Griffith University.