Residents reminded of parking restrictions as shops re-open

There's plenty of options for CBD staff parking says GRC Acting-Mayor, Cr Rob Mackenzie.
There's plenty of options for CBD staff parking says GRC Acting-Mayor, Cr Rob Mackenzie.

Goondiwindi Regional Council is reminding shoppers, business operators and their staff to heed the parking regulations in the Goondiwindi CBD after a recent spike in complaints.

Deputy Mayor Rob Mackenzie said Council had received numerous complaints about parking since shoppers returned to the main street when COVID-19 restrictions were eased earlier this month.

"It's just great to see the Goondiwindi main street so busy once again and our retail and hospitality businesses especially are starting to recover - but unfortunately this has come with a necessary reminder that there are rules in place," Councillor Mackenzie said.

"It's never a popular topic, but I think we all know that parking regulations are necessary to ensure that all drivers have fair access to car parks. And I think it's especially important in the current circumstances to support our retailers and other businesses by ensuring a frequent turn-over of available parking for as many potential shoppers as possible.

"We want to make it easy and convenient for people to access and spend money in shops in the main street. Council officers will be undertaking random enforcement across the CBD, so I'm asking everyone to do the right thing to avoid infringement notices."

The Goondiwindi CBD is limited to two-hour parking between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am to 12 noon on Saturdays.

"We specifically want to ask business owners to encourage their staff to use the appropriate off-street parking spaces; in most cases, long-stay parking is available in an adjoining street. We're talking less than a 100-metre walk," Cr Mackenzie said.

Council encourages those who work within the CBD to instead make use of the three free all-day car parks at McLean Street, Bowen Street and Callandoon Street. There are more than 140 unrestricted parking places in these car parks, as well as many streets adjoining Marshall and Herbert Street that have unrestricted parking suitable for large vehicles.