Mums slapped with $50 parking fines

By Felicity Caldwell

AN IPSWICH eisteddfod proved even more costly for parents when they were slugged $50 for parking in a council customer car park on Friday.

At least nine parents were fined after failing to find metered parking.

Julie Millard, from Gatton, would have been happy to pay for parking outside the Ipswich Civic Hall but gave up on her eighth trip around the block.

"I think you'd have to be there by five in the morning just to get a metered park," Ms Millard said.

MS MILLARD said parking further away was not an option as each child had eight to 10 costumes, dance shoes and make-up.

Karen O'Brien, who was also fined, said council sponsored the eisteddfod and ran the canteen.

"It said customer parking and we thought...we ate their food...and we spent money in the town all day," Mrs O'Brien said.

About 2000 sets of feet danced at the Ipswich Civic Hall from Friday to Monday during the Ipswich Junior Dance Eisteddfod groups section.

Division Seven Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said development in the CBD had caused short-term "growing pains" but would create more parking places.

"We can't blame the parking officers for doing their job," Cr Antoniolli said.

"I would recommend they approach my office to have the matter investigated."

A council spokesman said two major constructions near the civic hall impacted "on the availability of parking for patrons".

The new courthouse in Ellenborough Street is due for completion in July next year.

The Tower Central development in the Post Office building has an anticipated completion date for the second quarter of next year.

Dance eisteddfod solos runs from June 25 to July 5



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