Council’s wheel-y big effort to remove abandoned cars

Date published: 10 October 2018

Townsville City Council crews removed on average one abandoned car every two days last year.

Council’s Parking Unit removed 174 cars in 2017-18.

Community Health and Environment Committee Chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said that once a car is reported as abandoned a Council Officer will investigate to determine whether a vehicle can be removed.

“Cars that are parked dangerously can be removed immediately,” Cr Greaney said.

“Unregistered vehicles are affixed with a sticker requesting the owner move it within seven days – or Council will collect it and auction the vehicle if unclaimed.

“Registered vehicles are not removed unless they are parked dangerously.”

Community Safety Advisory Committee Chair Cr Russ Cook said the proceeds of any auctions are used to cover the costs incurred from investigating and removing abandoned cars.

“Council held four auctions last year and auctioned off 177 vehicles for $35,109,” Cr Cook said.

“Unfortunately that amount doesn’t cover the total cost of removing abandoned vehicles from the streets across Townsville.

“The total cost – including staff time and towing fees – was $44,490 for last financial year, which left ratepayers $9380 out of pocket.”

A small number of the vehicles auctioned off were removed the previous financial year.

Cr Cook said it was important residents reported abandoned cars to both Council and police.

“Council and the Queensland Police Service are working more closely than ever to ensure we share information and get these vehicles off our streets sooner,” Cr Cook said.