Verge Parking Sunshine Coast – Resident are on the VERGE!

Residents are on the VERGE - Literally

Residents are on the VERGE – Literally, opening the roadway for safer driving.

Verge parking here on the Sunshine Coast is a topic that brings up a range of emotions and at this festive time of year when most of us have more visitors than normal this controversial and often misunderstood issue has many residents are on the VERGE.

Some residents believe that parking on the verge is a travesty of their (council’s) well-kept lawns and others think that it’s a perfectly fine place for you to park your car, family members or co-tenants cars or even to offer visitors a place to park in this space, but all too often it’s our opinions that seem to get in the way enacting some change around this controversial topic.

As we understand it, council is responsible for enforcing verge parking laws however these laws seem to be applied erratically relative to complaints from residents with very little or no uniformity at all. More often than not it seems repeat offences lead to council painting yellow lines on the roadway to definitively end contovacy.

Following contact with Sunshine Coast Council we have been informed that council alone does not have the power to change laws as some of the verge parking laws fall under state and or federal jurisdiction.

Residents are on the VERGE - Legally Parked

Residents are on the VERGE – Legally Parked leave the roadway narrow and in many cases impassable.

These issues are further complicated because of the simple fact that council continues to create roads in and around new areas that do not provide sufficient space for cars to travel along when two cars are legally parked on either side of the road. To add insult to injury locals attempting to be courteous by partially parking on the verge in an attempt to make more room on the roadway are often fined because once your tyres cross from the gutter to the grass you are then illegally parked.

This is not a new issue and it is something that has been occurring not just across the Sunshine Coast but across our state and nationally for many years however we are seeking some definitive understandings from council, state and federal government representatives about how and why this issue is perpetuated.

Depending on who you talk to it seems the public’s perception is that Council simply doesn’t care about this issues or deliberately approves narrow roads within new developments in order to create an additional revenue stream via the enforcement of verge parking laws.

We are very interested in hearing from anyone who has attempted in tackling this issue with your local Councillors, your state or your federal government representatives so that as a collective, in the spirit of Unmuzzled, we can seek solutions to stopping it in the future.

We believe in a growing region like the Sunshine Coast this topic is especially important as resolution and understanding around these questions and issues has the potential to deliver better solutions into the future for all of us.

Please comment on our website, social media feeds or contact us at info@unmuzzled.com.au and share with us your stories and insight so that we can publish them for the benefit and understanding of each and every Sunshine Coast resident and to assist in future exploration of this topic.

Local governments’ accountability to the community

With all stories relating to anything under the jurisdiction of local government we remind all  parties that:

Local governments are accountable to the local community for their decisions, actions and services.

Elected local government representatives are also accountable to the local community for the way they behave in carrying out their local government responsibilities.

Local governments and Councillors are required to conduct their local government functions and activities in accordance with principles set out in the Acts:

  • transparent and effective processes, and decision-making in the public interest
  • sustainable development and management of assets and infrastructure, and delivery of effective services
  • democratic representation, social inclusion and meaningful community engagement
    good governance of and by local government
  • ethical and legal behaviour of Councillors and local government employees.

Taken from the Queensland Government, Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning website at: http://www.dilgp.qld.gov.au/local-government/councils-accountability.html