October 6, 2021
South Burnett Regional Council could create an extra eight parking bays in a congested part of Haly Street by replacing existing parallel bays with angled ones, but the project is not likely to happen until next year.
At Wednesday’s Infrastructure standing committee meeting, Councillors were told the section of Haly Street between the Bunya Highway and William Street currently has 39 parallel carparks.
The block is home to McDonalds, the Taabinga Family Practice, Little Peanuts Early Learning Centre, the Barambah Veterinary Surgery, Bunya Pines Family Practice and the Kingaroy Massage Studio.
These were all high-traffic businesses where customers typically spent a long time, and this was creating regular parking shortages.
To overcome this problem, Council officers have developed a concept design that would expand total parking spaces from 39 to 47 by replacing some of the parallel parking bays with angled parking.
The result would mean 22 parallel bays and 25 angled bays.
Officers noted works were currently in progress on the Youngman Street intersection that need to be completed by the Department Transport and Main Roads.
As the parking project was not included in Council’s 2021-22 capital works program, they recommended councillors consider the concept design for future capital works funding.
Councillors agreed, and accepted the plan unanimously.