A meeting will be held to seek community feedback on a proposal to introduce regulated parking in the Childers CBD following a Childers Chamber of Commerce request.
On behalf of its members the chamber has requested Council investigate the introduction of regulated parking, also referred to as timed parking, to enable greater vehicle turnover on the main street of Childers.
A meeting to discuss the proposal will be held at the Isis Cultural Centre on Wednesday 9 August from 7 pm.
Childers Chamber of Commerce president Margaret Smith said they had asked Council to progress the matter because they would like to hear from business and community with feedback and ideas.
“The purpose for [the chamber] going to Council in the first place was to find ways to move traffic on that’s just sitting all day,” Ms Smith said.
“It’s an important issue that’s been raised in this community for 16 years or more.”
Department of Transport and Main Roads traffic counts estimate just under 9,000 vehicles per day pass through Childers in both directions, with volumes within the CBD estimated to be in the order of 15,000 vehicles per day.
“…We just want people to understand that we need to turn [the parking spaces] over for the benefit of the businesses in the main street,” Ms Smith said.
Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said Bundaberg Regional Council had no formal position on the proposal and in response to the Chambers request was first seeking community feedback.
“The chamber believes that regulated parking in sections of the main street of Childers will ensure a greater turnover of vehicles and therefore result in an increase in customers for local businesses,” Cr Trevor said.
“Before Council determines its position on this proposal we are inviting the community and any interested parties to share their views.”
Attend the Childers regulated parking discussion:
When: Wednesday 9 August from 7 pm
Where: Isis Cultural Centre, 49 Churchill Street, Childers
Who: Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor and Childers Chamber of Commerce representatives
No bookings are needed to attend the Childers regulated parking discussion.