- Thursday 12 November 2015
Shoppers will be able to take advantage of free parking in the Caloundra CBD during the Christmas-New Year period following Sunshine Coast Council’s support of a parking meter fee amnesty.
At its Ordinary Meeting today, council supported a request from the Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a parking meter fee amnesty in the Caloundra CBD area for six weeks starting Saturday, December 12.
Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said the parking meter fee amnesty would provide added convenience for shoppers at this busy time of year.
“Caloundra shoppers won’t need to worry about finding coins or remembering to feed the parking meter while rushing about trying to get the Christmas shopping done,” Cr Dwyer said.
“Caloundra CBD parking will be free, just as it is in other shopping destinations across the Coast.
“We’re pleased to support the amnesty and encourage locals and visitors to explore the great range of shops Caloundra has to offer.
“While the parking will be free, I ask motorists to be mindful that the two-hour time limit will still apply in order to support customer turnover for local businesses in the area.
“Over the six-week period, council officers will continue to monitor general parking regulation throughout the area, and any parking infringements will attract a penalty infringement notice.”
During the amnesty period it is anticipated that council’s foregone revenue from the 71 parking meters in the Caloundra CBD will be between $57,000 and $62,000. Operating surplus from the meters is utilised for projects, facilities and other services for the Bulcock Street precinct.
The paid parking amnesty will conclude at midnight on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.