Glenn Crawford’s Gold Coast parking page has been blocked at the request of GOLDOC. (Supplied: Glenn Crawford)
A Facebook page helping Gold Coast residents rent out driveways for parking during the Commonwealth Games was shut down because Games organisers complained about it breaching intellectual property laws.
The Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) confirmed it contacted Facebook to push for the shutdown of the “GC Games Parking Solutions” page, which was taken down on Tuesday.
It had been set up by Southport resident Glenn Crawford, who said he came up with the idea in response to a parking shortage.
Glenn Crawford said he was “disappointed” the Facebook page had been shut down. (ABC Gold Coast)
Many of the city’s public parking spaces have disappeared or have new time limits placed on them in preparation for next month’s Commonwealth Games.
Mr Crawford said he was “disappointed” the page had been closed down by Facebook.
He said it started when he offered space on his driveway to one of his staff members who was going to have trouble getting to work during the Games.
“So I said, ‘Park your car in my driveway and just walk down to the light rail station’.”
Mr Crawford then expanded on the idea by starting up a community Facebook page encouraging other house owners to do the same.
“I thought, how many thousand empty parking spaces are there on people’s driveways within reasonable walking distance of a light rail or even heavy rail station?”
Mr Crawford said more than 100 other drivers had been matched with driveway parking spaces via the Facebook hook-up before it was closed down.
Page re-spawns under a different name
A GOLDOC spokesman said the page was using the protected reference “Gold Coast Games”, which was not permitted under the Commonwealth Games Arrangement Act.
“Mr Crawford can still progress discussion of his idea, as long as there is no reference to the Commonwealth Games or any of the other protected references,” the spokesman said.
“The financing of the Games is drawn from public funding or through sponsors that are offered an exclusive association with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
“The extent to which sponsors can rely on the exclusivity of their rights will have an impact on revenue and therefore protecting and enforcing IP is essential to maintaining the viability of ours and future Games as a major international sporting event.”
On Tuesday evening, Mr Crawford said he had tried to get access to Facebook page to change the name, but his requests had fallen on deaf ears.
Instead, he decided to create a new page called “Gold Coast Parking Solutions”.
“We’re going to go ahead with anyway, just a page they can’t complain about the name of,” he said.
No local council rules breached
Earlier, a Gold Coast City Council spokesperson contacted for comment made no suggestion the Facebook page contravened Games organising rules.
Gold Coast locals are cutting deals on driveway parking spots during the Commonwealth Games. (ABC Gold Coast)
The spokesperson said the city appreciated the community-minded gesture of the group offering to provide parking within private residences during the Games.
“However residents are reminded that any commercial operation on a private property needs to have the relevant approvals,” the spokesperson said.
“We ask people to be aware of the road restrictions when it comes to the parking of a vehicle and to abide by these at all times.”
Motorists are being urged to plan for all Games-time travel by visiting the official transport advice website.
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