State parking plan drives row
AS PARKING problems worsen around Warwick’s community infrastructure, council is blaming the State Government for ducking out on planning regulations.
A long-standing feud continues between a resident and Warwick West State School, with the resident claiming visitors can’t get parks in front of their home due to school visitors and staff parking in the street.
Southern Downs Regional Councillors have resolved to challenge the State Government over its non-adherence to the planning scheme.
Cr Jo McNally raised the parking issue at Warwick West SS at this week’s engineering committee meeting and asked director Peter See whether council would consider putting parking restrictions in the street.
Mr See said it would be impossible in terms of consistency as well as being impossible to enforce.
“If I ask for one-hour parking in front of my house, is it appropriate I have it?” he said.
“Putting parking restrictions in there for one person is opening Pandora’s Box.”
Cr McNally said she was concerned about doing nothing.
“These people have lived there a long time,” she said.
“The school has grown and it’s causing problems.”
She said the school continued to grow and expressed concerns about what the State Government was doing to ensure parking facilities grew with the school.
Cr Neil Meiklejohn said the state had removed itself from any responsibility to follow local council planning scheme requirements.
“They may have wiped their hands but it’s left us to deal with the problems,” Cr McNally said.
She added there were also issues at Warwick Hospital and at other expanding schools.
When questioned by the Daily News a spokesman for the Department of Local Government and Planning said the State Government did not follow the same planning process as private developers when constructing community infrastructure.
He said the state followed community infrastructure designation (CID).
“This process is designed to cut through red tape allowing for vital community infrastructure to be delivered more quickly and efficiently,” he said.
“People need to be able to park near important infrastructure like hospitals and schools.
“For state infrastructure (schools, hospitals, universities etc) the site is usually designated as a CID.”
He said, even though the State Government doesn’t have to comply with local planning scheme requirements, development must accord with Australian standards, the Queensland Development Code and the Building Code of Australia.
“It is in the interests of providing necessary community infrastructure,” he said.
“It is important that the state can construct core community infrastructure in a timely manner to support the needs of the community.
“Without these provisions, the delivery of fundamental infrastructure would be delayed.”
At this week’s meeting Cr Mally McMurtrie moved a motion to raise the issue at the upcoming LGAQ conference.
“State has to look at the restrictions they put on themselves when putting up these new buildings,” she said.
The motion was carried.