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Council seeks community feedback on Springfield Central off-street parking regulation

Guy Hazlewood    June 26, 2024    2 min read   

Ipswich City Council is inviting residents to provide their input on a proposal to regulate off-street parking at a major site in Springfield Central. 

This consultation aims to address concerns about equitable access to parking near several key community facilities.

Regulating off-street parking would change parking conditions at Springfield Central Sports Complex. Source: Ipswich City Council

The proposal, spearheaded by the Infrastructure, Planning and Assets Committee chairperson, councillor Andrew Antoniolli, involves introducing regulated off-street parking at 134 Parkland Drive, Springfield Central. 

An interim local law, effective from February 2, 2024, to July 25, 2024, currently manages parking at this location. 

“The interim law was implemented to ensure fair usage of the parking area at Springfield Central Community Centre,” said Cr Antoniolli. 

“We are now seeking public consultation on the future regulation of this parking area.”

Deputy Mayor and Division 2 councillor Nicole Jonic highlighted that the area, previously unregulated, had seen complaints about long-term parking. 

“Community feedback indicated that some vehicles occupy spots for up to eight hours, limiting access for others,” Cr Jonic said. 

“We aim to make parking fair and accessible for everyone by potentially regulating parking durations.”

Current regulations allow parking for up to three hours on school days between 8 AM and 5 PM, free of charge. 

Division 2 Councillor Paul Tully noted the strategic importance of the car park. 

It serves not only the community centre but also Springfield Central State High School, St Peters Lutheran College Springfield, Springfield Central State School, and the Springfield Central Sports Complex. 

“Unlimited free parking is highly sought after in this area,” Cr Tully said. 

“Regulation is necessary to ensure fair access for all motorists.”

Residents are encouraged to share their views by June 30, 2024. 

Feedback can be submitted online, via email at council@ipswich.qld.gov.au, or in person at 1 Nicholas Street, Ipswich Central.

For more details and to participate in the consultation, residents can visit the Ipswich City Council website.

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Guy Hazlewood