Meters may be axed
PARKING meters in Dalby may be scrapped to entice more people into the centre of town.
The Dalby Herald understands the idea has been circulating around Western Downs Regional Council chambers for months and gained momentum recently.
Payment for on-street parking is currently required through the business district of Cunningham St and most side streets.
Parking costs 20c per hour, and the Dalby Herald understands it costs more to maintain and monitor the meters than the revenue it generates.
Deputy mayor Andrew Smith said the issue had not been on the council agenda but informal discussions had been held.
He said the council would prefer to have more people parking in the main street, to make the centre look busier.
"Council's town plan suggests (not having meters) is not a bad thing.”
Cr Smith said scrapping parking meters in Dalby would be a good move financially and would, hopefully, boost business in the centre of town.
Mayor Paul McVeigh said parking meters could be discussed by council before Christmas.
"Over the next six months the discussion about parking meters will probably happen in council.”
The next council meeting will be on August 22.