Member for Maroochydore Fiona Simpson called for an urgent audit of transport needs for staff working in the government precinct in central Maroochydore.
In order to work out some alternative solutions to the car parking problems in the Cornmeal Parade area, it was agreed that the Department of Public Works would survey staff working in the new government building to determine their travel requirements.
Ms Simpson has asked for this survey to be extended to employees at the Maroochydore Courthouse and police station.
Staff in the government precinct have been experiencing difficulties finding adequate safe parking close by since the opening of the new state government building in First Avenue which was built without enough parking spaces for the occupants as required under Council planning laws.
While they are being encouraged to use alternative methods of transport such as bicycles and public transport, but with limited options available, staff are forced to park in neighbouring streets from First to Third Avenue, which is causing problems for local residents.
“The parking situation in Maroochydore has worsened since the opening of the new state government building in First Avenue which was built 64 car parks short,” Ms Simpson said.
“The double whammy is Council is phasing out staff permits for all-day parking in the Cornmeal Parade Car Park. This car park, originally owned by the State Government before being sold to council, was always supposed to service staff and public parking needs,” Ms Simpson said.
“People get angry when told to take a bus, take a hike or take a bike when it isn’t always practical,” Ms Simpson said.
“It’s important to work out where people are travelling from and what public transport options are available to them.”
“In a region the size of the Sunshine Coast where population is widely dispersed, we need to look at alternative options like park and ride and shuttle buses.”
“We can’t work out possible solutions without listening to people’s needs, so I’m pleased that the Department of Public Works has agreed to take action to help resolve this problem.”