TIMED: Roma residents have a month to change their parking habits before fines will be issued for over staying limits.
TIMED: Roma residents have a month to change their parking habits before fines will be issued for over staying limits. Stephanie Kay

Watch out where you park in Roma, it may cost you

EXPECT to pay if you want to park in the Roma town centre for longer than three hours.

The regulated car parking is finally kicking off as part of the Maranoa Regional Council's Roma CBD Revitalisation Project.

Motorists have been warned, if they park for a period of three hours or longer in the CBD, they will need to relocate or risk being fined.

If you usually park in the town centre, you have a month to change your habits, thanks to an amnesty period which will take place until May 22.

After this date, fines (about $56 for each breach) will be issued by council's compliance team.

Maranoa Regional Councillor Cameron O'Neil said the regulated car parking would be of great benefit for shoppers and businesses across the CBD.

"We want our shoppers to be able to park with ease close to the shops, so they can spend money in our local stores and boost our region's economy," Cr O'Neil said. With the current softening of the resource sector across the Maranoa, council will monitor what that means in the medium to long-term to traffic flows within the CBD.

"Council will continue to review the introduction of regulated parking over the coming year - if changes need to be made, we will consider them.

"It is our hope that regulated parking will encourage staff of the CBD to park in our two car parks on Arthur Street, to allow our shoppers to easily access parking spaces, and therefore spend money in town."


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