Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{Crackdown on Illegal Parking} {Council to Patrol CBD Car Parks}; $20 Fines Could Add Up for CBD Workers

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

{Crackdown on Illegal Parking} {Council to Patrol CBD Car Parks}; $20 Fines Could Add Up for CBD Workers

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Byline: JEREMY SOLLARS

REMEMBER those little signs in the main street of Warwick with '2P' on them?

Most of us have probably forgotten they exist, but from Monday morning some folk appear set to be reminded of them, if it's only to the tune of a $20 fine.

We're talking about enforcement of our CBD's long-neglected parking limits, due to bite again thanks to a looming Southern Downs Regional Council crackdown.

Pressure from businesses fed up with other main street employees parking in front of their premises all day has forced the council's hand on the issue, with Mayor Ron Bellingham vowing to make it easier for shoppers to, well, shop.

Cr Bellingham yesterday quashed suggestions of a likely backlash from those who cop the fines - despite their modest level - saying a lack of convenient parking was detrimental to the conduct of local commerce.

"Local Laws Officers will be patrolling the central business district from next week to ensure that motorists are adhering to the parking controls," the Mayor said.

"Due to staff shortages over recent months, parking patrols of the CBD have been very infrequent.

"However, business owners have voiced their concerns about the continued practice of other business people and staff parking close to their work premises, but in front of others, rather than parking in unregulated areas and walking a short distance."

Cr Bellingham said parking restrictions were there to ensure that "traffic keeps moving throughout the day, therefore giving fair and equitable access to all businesses".

"If shoppers know they will be able to get a park, they are more likely to stay and shop in their local community, which has a positive economic effect," he said.

"I appeal to local business owners and their staff to take a sensible approach to parking and think of the economic benefit to the whole community by making Warwick an easy place to park, shop and do business. …

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