Hire plan for council-owned park space backfires for SDRC
THE Southern Downs Regional Council's plan to raise some extra money by charging residents to hire council-owned park space has backfired, with the scheme causing anger among a number of residents.
As of July 31 last year people wishing to hire parks for functions such as weddings, markets, sausage sizzles or other fundraisers had to pay the council $185.
Previously there had been no fee at all, although Lockyer Valley Regional Council charged just $50 and Toowoomba $90.
Since its introduction the fee brought in just over $3000.
It was a unanimous decision among councillors to remove the fee and review the system during the upcoming budget process.
People looking to use council-owned park space for private functions still have to book the space through council ahead of time by calling 1300 697 372.