Two Brisbane streets make $5000 a week in parking fines

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Brisbane City Council is pocketing hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in parking fines from just two inner-city streets, with some calling their actions criminal.

Right to Information documents show Harcourt and Kent Street, running through Teneriffe and New Farm, are council cash cows.



Combined, the two streets generated $248,667 last financial year which equates to just under $5,000 a week in parking fines.

Two streets in Brisbane are proving to be cash cows for council, with daily parking inspections and confusing signs raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Two streets in Brisbane are proving to be cash cows for council, with daily parking inspections and confusing signs raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars. (9News)

Residents who live in the area say the street signage is ambiguous, hidden and confusing.
Residents who live in the area say the street signage is ambiguous, hidden and confusing. (9News)

“It is ridiculous, yeah and it is criminal,” Teneriffe resident Sonda Banny said.

“There’s not enough signs and the signs that are here make it even more confusing.”

She and other residents who live in the area say the street signage is ambiguous, hidden and confusing.

They also claim it is patrolled by inspectors almost daily.

One side of the street is clearly marked, the other seemingly nothing.

Technically, there is a two-hour limit area but the sign confirming that is hundreds of metres away at the other end of the street.

Combined, two streets generated $248,667 last financial year which equates to just under $5,000 a week in parking fines.
Combined, two streets generated $248,667 last financial year which equates to just under $5,000 a week in parking fines. (9News)

9News asked the Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schinner, if the signs would be changed.

“That’s what we want, we want those signs to be easy to understand,” Mr Schinner says.

“I have asked for it to be reviewed, that review is now underway.”

Residents say they haven’t heard from Council regarding the signs as yet.

This isn’t a new issue, the former Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, once claimed more street signs would be expensive and cause “signage pollution”.

It now looks as though council’s stance on the matter has changed.


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