No plans to introduce paid car parking in Gladstone CBD

GLADSTONE Regional Council has assured motorists that car parking will remain free at the new Gladstone Entertainment Centre multi-storey car park when it opens in next month.

Deputy Mayor Matt Burnett said council would not charge drivers for parking in the 120-space, six-level complex, but would put time restrictions on parking.

"The ground level will be available to those wanting to park for a short period of time," Cr Burnett said.

"The middle levels will be available to workers to give them somewhere to park all day.

"The top couple of car parking levels will be made available to the community, free of charge."

Part of the top storey will also be home to the new Maritime Safety Queensland headquarters.

The remainder of the top floor car parking will be for to Gladstone Port Corporation staff during business hours and for the public after hours.

Cr Burnett said there were no immediate plans to introduce paid car parking in Gladstone.

"Car parking in Gladstone is a problem we can solve and the new car park at the entertainment centre is one way we can do this," Cr Burnett said.

The car park is an extension of the highly anticipated $23.1million GEC development, which is expected to open in late October.