Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Free Carpark Proves Popular; Workers in a Race to Grab a Spot

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Free Carpark Proves Popular; Workers in a Race to Grab a Spot

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Byline: Leighton Smith

THE early bird catches the worm when it comes to snagging an elusive parking space in Rockhampton CBD's newest free carpark, according to Carmel Robinson.

Tired of moving their car every three hours, CBD workers, including those working at Ergon and Queensland Health, were expected to benefit from the 124 free, all-day parking spaces provided on Alma St by Rockhampton Regional Council.

News of the council's $1.25 million purchase of the block of land at the old Wintergarden site as an integral part of the CBD Parking Strategy was reported in March.

At an estimated cost of $200,000, the site was initially planned to be transformed into a carpark.

Ms Robinson noticed the bollards blocking the carpark entrance last Thursday morning had disappeared and rushed to secure her place along with a handful of others.

"On Friday there was only a handful of parks left at 8am," she said.

"I think I was just lucky those first couple of days that it was not common knowledge."

As a Queensland Health worker based in Bolsover St, Ms Robinson said she enjoyed having a carpark nearby which would cut down on a longer walk from the Archer Park railway station or The Arcade.

"I know walking is healthy but on hot days arriving to work sweaty from walking in Rockhampton's putrid humidity is not the greatest start to the day,'' she said.

She said now that word had got out it would be "slim pickings again from here on in".

That was confirmed yesterday by Tennille Griffith on The Morning Bulletin's Facebook page. She said there were no spare parks at 7.45am.

"Some thought there was to be a multi-level carpark there so weren't expecting it to be open so soon, and some presumed there would be a cost to pay so hadn't even considered it," she posted.

"After a conversation with colleagues on my floor I realised that none of them even knew it was 'open'. …

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