Mayor backs car park rule

MAYOR Paul Pisasale has backed a decision to crack down on rail commuters who use the Ipswich City Square car park.

In a public notice being distributed across the city, Ipswich City Properties (ICP) advised the car park would not be opened until 7.45am Monday to Friday.

ICP, which owns the shopping centre and its car park, also said security patrols would be ramped up to identify any vehicles belonging to those who were not shopping or working in Ipswich City Square.

The new conditions will begin on December 5, in time for Christmas shopping.

Cr Pisasale said the decision came in response to calls from traders who were unhappy that people travelling to Brisbane by train had taken up the best City Square car parks before they even opened for business.

"Traders have had a tough time of it and they are just starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel," Cr Pisasale said.

"The prosperity of the CBD depends on having plenty of car parks for customers and staff."

The issue of insufficient parking was raised by several traders who spoke to The Queensland Times prior to last Christmas.

Cr Pisasale has called on Ipswich people to "do the right thing" by traders.

"This decision rests with Ipswich City Properties. We don't want to do anything to hurt people, so if you think the opening time should be changed to 7.30am then let me know," he said.

"We are willing to make special arrangements and do what we can to help people."

The Mayor didn't rule out bringing in a ticket system for people who use the car park for another purpose, but then shop in the mall on the way home.

He refused to be drawn on questions regarding where rail commuters should park after December 5.

"It's up to Queensland Rail to provide parking," he said.

"We have enough trouble trying to provide enough parking in the CBD as it is."



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