By Tomson Calland
Produced for online by Jorja McDonnell
Changes are on the horizon for the ever popular Noosa beaches. Or more accurately, changes are on their way to the carpark.
In a bid to make Noosa beach more accessible, the council is looking to impose parking limits of as little as two hours in the National Park sections.
Go Ride a Wave Surf School owner, Julie Fidler, thinks the change would be helpful for daytime visitors, who are coming off second best to campers, who have already stayed overnight.
“The camper vans quite often spend the night and the day in a valuable car sport, making it difficult for local businesses. I’m a volunteer lifesaver as well, and they make it really difficult to find parking when we do our volunteer shifts.”
Fellow local, and Noosa Board Riders Club president, Paul Peterson, agrees, but still has his concerns.
“I don’t think a short-term car parking solution is going to work. They need a long term solution for the whole of Noosa and the parking in general. Five hour parking should be a minimum, with a permit for local residents to have a longer stay.”
Deputy Mayor Frank Wilkie is overseeing the changes to the almost always busy carpark.
He says he wants to be able to share one of Australia’s most popular national parks with more people. However his main aim is to stop people camping overnight and leaving their rubbish on site.
As for other community members, they are able to have some input by going to yoursay.noosa.qld.gov.au and making comments.