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A Sunshine Coast school is cracking down on unlawful parking, with high-tech cameras leading to infringement notices.

The Buderim Mountain State School P&C Association and Sunshine Coast Council will work together to regulate parking along Buderim Main Street, Clithero Avenue and Elizabeth Street, using the ParkSmart program.

The program will be introduced to the area through static cameras that will monitor parking near the school.

Cameras will be fixed to poles in key parking locations and use number plate recognition technology to spot unlawful parking.

The program was expected to alleviate parking problems at the school by encouraging vehicle turnover, creating parking opportunities and allowing equitable and safe access to the area.

The trial will take place during Term 2 and Term 3.

The Buderim Mountain State School drop-off zone.

There will be a two-week education period, when the council will issue caution notices rather than infringements, so residents have time to get used to the change in parking regulations around the school. 

Once the education period is over, infringement notices will be issued by post.

Buderim Mountain Primary School P&C Association President Rachel O’Brien hoped the program would contribute to making the school community a safer place. 

“As many of the school community will have experienced, parking around the area is congested and can be dangerous,” she said. 

“The safety of our students, staff and their families, is our top priority. This is why the school community has partnered with council to help improve parking behaviour.”

ParkSmart cameras captures images of parked vehicles and records the vehicle location (GPS co-ordinates), number plate and time.

A ParkSmart vehicle in action.

It allows council to monitor regulated parking areas to ensure motorists are adhering to parking regulations. It operates in all weather conditions and identifies regulated parking conditions on the street.

The technology is already being used to regulate parking in Birtinya, Point Cartwright, Nicklin Way, Caloundra, Maroochydore, Nambour and Eumundi via a ParkSmart vehicle, to increase safety for all and increase turnover and subsequent business patronage.

For more information visit Sunshine Coast Council – Parking. 

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