NO MORE PAYING: Rohan May and mayor Paul McVeigh are excited to remove the park meters on the main strip to make way for regulated parking spaces.
NO MORE PAYING: Rohan May and mayor Paul McVeigh are excited to remove the park meters on the main strip to make way for regulated parking spaces. Meg Gannon

Free parking down main strip for first time in 50 years

FOR the first time in 52 years, parking in Dalby's main street will be free of charge, as of this coming Monday.

Council finalised plans at Wednesday's meeting for the move that will save the council $450,000 in replacing the meters.

"Council has decided, with modern day technology, we will still have regulated parking in these streets and that will range from 15 minutes to two hours,” mayor Paul McVeigh said.

"We will be regulating that and supervising that and modern day technology is probably the best asset we can use.”

There was a time where the parking meters were removed some years ago, but they were put back in place after a couple of months.

Parking will be regulated using technology like phone applications.

Chamber of Commerce president Rohan May said the move would encourage residents to shop local.

"We can have regulated parking where cars are in and out all the time,” he said.

"It'll increase foot traffic into the local businesses.

"Spending that type of money on an outdated piece of equipment just doesn't make sense, so it's a really great outcome.”


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