Parking rage bites in Bundy
The parks were removed by Bundaberg Regional Council to make room for a loading zone and improve safety, but Boylans’ owner John Boylan said he believed the move would lead to more workers parking in front of his stores all day and his business would suffer as a result.
“Nobody should be able to park in front of a shop all day,” he said.
“How is any shop owner meant to make a living if there are no parks for customers?”
Mr Boylan said workers who parked in front of stores were destroying business for shops, especially those in Woongarra Street.
“Woongarra Street is dead because people just go out of work and move every two hours. There is nowhere for customers to park,” he said.
Council director of health and environment Greg Savage said the change would make the area safer for drivers.
“There is a rise where these parks were and, when cars came out of the IGA car park, it was hard for them to see traffic,” he said.
Mr Savage said a recent fatal motorbike accident was a contributing factor in the decision to remove the spaces.
“The accident was not the only reason, but it was an opportunity for us to look at the area and say it may not be the safest spot for the parks,” he said.
The original plan was to have a loading zone for Moores Homemakers and one parallel car park.
However, once the lines for the loading zone had been completed, it became apparent there was not enough room for the park.
“There is not enough room for the car park now, but we will be putting in a motorbike bay,” Mr Savage said.
Mr Savage said there were no current plans for an increase in all-day car park spaces in the area.