Council cooks up parklet trial in effort to improve business
RESTAURANTS and cafes could soon be able to use parking spaces out the front of their businesses as part of their commercial area.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council has approved a trial period of two parklets in Maryborough and Hervey Bay, to see if the idea could work across the whole region.
A parklet is a small platform that is temporarily installed in one or two on-street car park spaces during peak seasons or special events.
One will be in the Maryborough CBD and one along the Charlton Esplanade during the trial period.
"Parklets are a cost effective strategy to increase pedestrian activity in tourism and commercial areas," FCRC tourism and regional marketing portfolio councillor Stuart Taylor said.
"They are only temporary and can be installed quickly and are removed after the event.
"The trial will show us if they are useful in attracting people to an area and let business see if they want to be involved in the project."
If the trial is successful, the council will introduce the Parklet Program across the Fraser Coast.