The trial to increase the turnover of parking spaces throughout the Toowoomba CBD was approved on 23 July at Toowoomba Regional Council’s July Ordinary meeting. The trial of one hour parking will start on 5 August. Toowoomba Regional Council Infrastructure Services portfolio leader Councillor James O’Shea said the decision to begin a trial of one hour parking was based on feedback received by the community and businesses owners. “Council is eager to see local businesses thrive and continues to investigate options on how parking can be further improved across the region, including the Toowoomba CBD,” O’Shea said. “We understand the issues businesses in the CBD are facing and based on the feedback we’ve received, moving to one hour parking will be beneficial for both retailers and customers.”

Under the trial, the current two hour centre parking on Ruthven Street and on Margaret Street  will be changed to one hour. The kerbside short stay car parking and spaces allocated for persons with disabilities, and for other purposes, will not change. “In the meantime, we ask business owners to make sure their staff are using the mix of all-day parking options which are available across the city including the Water Street car park, Chalk Lane and Chalk Drive car parks, Neil Street Bus Interchange, Station Street, Julia Street, Clifford Street, Central car park, Neil and Annand Street car parks, to ensure there are adequate spaces available in the CBD for their customers and visitors.”

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