S**t fight: Coast parking officers shut down construction site
SEVERAL tradesmen drove off early from a construction site after a parking inspector began to book workers for parking on the side of the road.
Aura estate tradesman Luke Muller was working on site at Caloundra on Monday and said about 10am a Sunshine Coast Council parking inspector showed up.
He said the inspector began to hand out fines to tradies who were parked on the side of the road.
"Where else are we meant to park?" he said.
"There were heaps of tradies before 10am, but after the inspector came there was just one car and a truck left on site.
"Do you think it's fair, right before Christmas, to say we can't park anywhere?
"It's an absolute sh-t fight... About $100 fine to park at the job you are working at."
He said another council parking inspector went back to the site at 1pm the same day.
"To see if anybody was here and they got two other people, how stupid is that?
"Why is the council trying to revenue raise in an estate where there are hundreds of houses still being built and all of the tradesmen are leaving before midday because the council is coming in and f---ing everybody over."
Should parking inspectors show leniency while Aura is being built?
This poll ended on 21 December 2017.
No. Rules are rules.
Yes. The parking isn't hurting anyone if the whole area is a construction zone.
Only if the streets are too narrow to park legally in.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Coast painter Shannon Kearns received a $94 fine on Wednesday at a busy work site in Marybell Dr, Baringa.
"I was just parked up on the grass a tiny bit," Mr Kearns said.
"One wheel was on the rocks and one was on the grass."
He said other tradesmen had been warned by a parking inspector on Tuesday of impending enforcement but he knew nothing of it until he saw the ticket on his ute.
"I was spewing...I do a lot of work in this area and not once have I seen this mob (parking inspectors) driving around."
He said the thin streets made it difficult to park without blocking other vehicles.
"It is like Sydney, so narrow and there is just nowhere to get through."
He said tradespeople needed to be shown leniency while so much construction was still ongoing.
"They shouldn't be doing this sort of stuff for another six months in this area.
"It is just chaos going on.
"Every man and his dog is working down here."
A council spokesperson said in October 2017 council commenced an education campaign in Stockland's Aura development, Bell Vista and Pelican Waters and delivered more than 2700 parking fact sheets to letterboxes and tradespeople working in the area.
"As a part of regular patrols, council parking officers issued eight infringements for vehicles illegally parked on Monday, December 11 in the Aura development - three for incorrect parallel parking and five for vehicles parked on a nature strip," the spokesperson said.