Council debates issue of parking in Gladstone CBD

THE parking nightmare that is the Gladstone CBD created a lengthy discussion during Gladstone Regional Council's meeting on Tuesday.

All councillors except Col Chapman rejected a recommendation to accept a tender from GTA for a parking precinct plan for $285,395.

Councillor Matt Burnett said a current survey of the parking situation and habits would be redundant because the Gladstone Entertainment Centre redevelopment with subsequent car park was yet to be finished.

Cr Chapman said it was unprofessional of the council to direct a call for tenders and then not go through with it.

Councillor Karen Porter advocated that a car parking plan be done in about two years' time, when the look of CBD would have changed with resource industry offices moving out after their projects had finished.

The council's engineering services portfolio spokesman Rick Hansen said the issue of CBD parking was often controversial.

"There is a great deal of angst about car parking in the CBD, but to consider a parking plan now could be premature considering impacts when the entertainment centre car park opens," Cr Hansen said.

"The allocation of three new levels of car parking as part of the Gladstone Entertainment Centre Precinct Expansion is expected to have a substantial effect easing public car parking pressures in the CBD."

Cr Hansen said work on construction projects in the city area could also be having an effect on the number of vehicles in the vicinity.

Councillors also rejected a recommendation to contribute $23,500 (half of costs) to install 20 security cameras around Memorial Park and the PCYC skate park, with the PCYC to monitor them.

Cr Burnett said he did not believe there was enough vandalism to warrant the cameras, while councillors Maxine Brushe and Graham McDonald said 20 was overkill.

All councillors expect for Mayor Gail Sellers and Cr Chapman voted against the proposal.