Anger as Sunshine Plaza brings back parking fines
THE reintroduction of parking fines at Maroochydore's Sunshine Plaza has raised the ire of some shoppers.
Shoppers who overstay time limits at the shopping centre are being hit with $55 fines.
The regulated parking has come in for criticism on social media.
A member of the Sunshine Coast Community Board Facebook page posted that she had noticed half a dozen cars with tickets on the ground floor of one of the Plaza's multi-deck car parks.
"Robbing bastards,” wrote Linda Tonkin Parker while Mark Wallace wrote it was "a good reason never to go there.”
Some wrote that signage about the regulate parking was inadequate and there was confusion among people about whether the Sunshine Coast Council, Sunshine Plaza or a private parking firm was to blame for collecting the fines.
Sunshine Plaza car parks used to have time restrictions that were enforced by the Sunshine Coast Council in an arrangement between the two organisations but this ceased some time ago.
A Sunshine Plaza spokesman confirmed regulated parking had been reintroduced at the centre.
"At present, regulated parking has been reintroduced to ensure the most convenient parking is available for our genuine customers during development works,” the spokesman said.
"The centre has introduced a number of designated and clearly signed three-hour and six-hour parking zones to ensure there is regular turnover of car spaces for shoppers.”
The centre's website says a private parking firm, Point Parking, has been appointed to manage the parking restrictions on behalf of Sunshine Plaza.
The website says that time limits will be enforced even in seniors parking areas but not in disabled parking bays as long as appropriate stickers are displayed.
The six hour carparks at the Plaza include level two and the top level of the Coles multideck car park, the open air carpark behind it, and the open air car park behind the Myer multi-deck. Other areas, including the open air quick shop car park near Coles and the open air KMart and Woolworths car parks, are restricted to three hours.
The Plaza spokesman did not address a question from the Daily about whether parking restrictions would continue to be enforced once expansion works at the shopping centre were complete.