Parking meters take a break for Christmas
  • Thursday 09 November 2017
Meter 44 Bulcock StreetFor the seventh consecutive year, Sunshine Coast Council will provide a parking meter fee amnesty in the Caloundra CBD for the Christmas-New Year holidays.

At its Ordinary Meeting today, council supported Caloundra Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s request for an eight-week amnesty from Saturday, December 2, running until the end of the school holiday period.

Division 2 Councillor Tim Dwyer said this year, to support council’s Downtown Caloundra activities, an additional week had been added to the amnesty.

“It is only fitting the day Santa comes to town is the first day of fee free parking in Caloundra,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Each of the 71 parking meters across the CBD will be turned off and courtesy stickers placed on them as a reminder that no payment is required.

“While shoppers will be taking advantage of the amnesty, council officers will inspect each of the meters, and undertake any necessary maintenance, to ensure they’re all operating correctly.

“Council is pleased to support the amnesty and encourage locals and visitors to explore the great range of shops and activities Caloundra has to offer during December and January.

“Though parking will be free, the two-hour time limit will still apply to support customer turnover for local businesses during the busy holiday period.”

Parking patrols will continue within Caloundra CBD to monitor general parking regulations in the area, and any parking infringements will attract a penalty infringement notice.

The operating surplus from Caloundra’s parking meters is used for projects, facilities and other services within the Bulcock St precinct that would not otherwise be possible.

The paid parking amnesty will conclude at midnight on Sunday, January 28, 2018.