User pays: Boom gates are going in at Coffs Harbour airport in readiness for paid parking.
User pays: Boom gates are going in at Coffs Harbour airport in readiness for paid parking. Rob Wright

Free airport parking days numbered

FREE parking at Coffs Harbour airport will soon be past history with the arrival of a user-pays system from May 24.

Coffs Harbour City Council’s corporate business director, Craig Milburn, said recent rain had caused some delays but the electronically-controlled boom gates complete with covers at entry and exit points should swing into operation by that date.

The first 15 minutes of parking at the airport will be free and the first hour will be charged at $2, with a maximum fee of $12 a day.

The council maintains the new regime will free up parking spaces more quickly at the airport’s busiest times.

Coffs Harbour airport is the only major East Coast port currently offering free visitor parking and the council says paid parking will help cover growing operation costs at the port, such as increased security needs.

Mr Milburn said the council was a ‘stand alone’ business which did not receive any ratepayer funds and paid a dividend back to the council each year.



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