April 13, 2020
Shoppers looking for parking spots in Kingaroy are set to become an early casualty of the Kingaroy Transformation Project (KTP) … at least for the next few years.
At April’s Infrastructure standing committee meeting, Councillors learned that 91 of the central business district’s current 652 car parking spaces would be gone by the time the project was completed in July 2022.
Most of the car parks are being eliminated due to regulatory requirements, KTP Project Manager Alan Christensen told the meeting.
Moving the dangerous Haly Street pedestrian crossing further along the street to improve pedestrian safety would require 12 car parks to be sacrificed to conform with DTMR regulations.
Another eight car parking spaces would be eliminated further along the same street near a second crossing for similar reasons.
southburnett.com.au also understands the introduction of a network of disabled car parking spaces throughout the CBD – which are larger than ordinary car parking spaces – will also require the sacrifice of other parking spots.
Mr Christensen said during construction, shoppers would be encouraged to use the George Street area behind Haly Street’s shops for parking.
George Street has been touted as the site of a future sealed Council car park but is not included in the current KTP Project.
However, Mr Christensen said reclaimed materials from the KTP were already being set aside for a George Street car park.
Mayor Brett Otto said he was keen to see the George Street car park discussed at future Council meetings, and suggested Councillors might like to consider using Council’s capital works budget to fund it.
“We do know that our locals like to park close to their shops,” Mayor Otto said.