Redland City Council will soon be seeking community feedback on a car-share trial that will be held at the Redland Bay Marina car park from Monday 3 August 2020 to Friday 5 February 2021.
The trial will provide Southern Moreton Bay Island residents with access to short-term, mainland car hire.
Mayor Karen Williams said the six-month trial was ideal for those SMBI residents who only infrequently used a mainland car.
“The trial will offer residents access to a mainland car without associated ownership costs,” she said.
“We know there are island residents who only need access to a vehicle on the mainland for short periods and car-sharing is a handy alternative to maintaining a vehicle at the marina car park.
“Parking near the ferry terminal is in high demand and, while work is underway to provide more parking facilities in the area, car-sharing is convenient for short trips without needing to own a private vehicle, and also frees up parking space.”
Division 5 Councillor Mark Edwards said the popularity of car-sharing was increasing across Australia.
“Council has been working towards facilitating a car-share trial at the marina since last year,” he said.
“Unfortunately, the trial, which was scheduled to start earlier this year, was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but Council has continued to work to find a solution that would deliver this trial for the island community.
“Under the trial, four parking spaces between the Coast Guard building and the marina will be set aside for car-share vehicles.
“Residents can book a vehicle online and pick it up when they arrive at the marina, and then return the car without parking hassles.
“We’ll be seeking public feedback on the trial; and this will help Council decide what to do after it ends.”
For more information about the trial, visit yoursay.redland.qld.gov.au