Visitor gets a parking ticket shock

AFTER decades of driving without a penalty of any kind, Tasmanian visitor Alister Hardy has a memento of Bundaberg - his first ever parking ticket.

On Tuesday Mr Hardy and wife Sue headed to the RSL for lunch and parked near the entrance.

He is a disabled military veteran, and finds walking painful.

Mr Hardy said he assumed the car parking area belonged to the RSL.

"Somebody next to me had parked with a caravan, and was taking up four or five parking spaces," he said.

"I parked alongside the caravan and there was no visible parking signs."

Mr Hardy said he drove along Quay St from the west before he entered the car park, and when he turned in he saw no signs that specified it was a two-hour parking limit.

"When I came out of the RSL I had a parking ticket," he said.

"The caravan had gone and when I looked around I saw there were some signs."

Mr Hardy said when he took a careful look around he saw a sign warning it was a council car park, but it was turned away facing the river.

"It upset us pretty badly," he said.

Mr Hardy said he went to the Bundaberg Regional Council office, where they gave him a form to fill out to try to have the $33 ticket cancelled.

"Now we're just waiting on their judgment," he said.

A council spokesman said one and two-hour regulated parking had been in place in front of the pool and RSL since at least 2002.

There was limited, clearly defined, free parking to the west past the bowls club adjacent to the old traffic bridge or at the eastern corner of the RSL heading east.

"There are no less than five disabled parks in the vicinity of the RSL and a Loading Zone set down/pick up area located at the front door of the RSL to cater to people who may have a disability," he said.

The signs in the car park were standard traffic management signs erected in accordance with the guidelines.



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