BUYING a scratchie is set to get a different meaning in Murwillumbah.
And the only prize it will win you is not getting a parking ticket from one of Tweed Shire Council's parking rangers.
From next Monday, the council introduces a coupon parking scheme for the middle level on the new multi-million dollar three-storey public car park for a trial period of six months.
A council spokesperson said the $2 daily coupons would be the “scratch type”, with users required to scratch clear the date in the month and display the scratched coupon on the vehicle's dashboard.
“If the car park is full, the user simply doesn't scratch the coupon and saves it for another day,” she said.
“The coupon scheme, applicable only to the 87 spaces on the middle level of the car park, will apply between 8am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. Parking on the weekends will be free.”
The 98 car parks on the ground level will continue to be free for two and four hours, depending on the position.
The third level with, 92 exposed car parks, will also continue to offer free all-day parking.
The scratchies are due to go on sale from tomorrow at the Starting Block Cafe in the adjacent swimming pool complex and the council's Murwillumbah office.
Monthly coupons costing $36.00 are also on sale.
The council spokesperson said the coupon system would be the “most cost effective method of traffic management” for the car park and had been approved by the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority.
Tweed Shire Council rangers would monitor the car park as part of their routine inspections and an $81 fine would apply to “a coupon parking violation”.
The multi-storey car park adjacent to the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre was opened in November.