The "meter maids" of Queensland's Gold Coast are well known to people who have visited that holiday area...
The "meter maids" of Queensland's Gold Coast are well known to people who have visited that holiday area... particularly if they used a car during their stay.
The girls, clad in scant bikinis and sashes, were employed by local interests to "feed" expired parking meters and prevent tourists being fined for illegal parking.
Now, the parking meters are being taken away... but the girls will remain.
City officials along the Gold Coast have decided, in fact, to give them more to do. Now, the girls wander around the streets distributing copies of the new parking regulations, and promenade along the beaches giving other useful advice... such as how to avoid sunburn.
SYNOPSIS: Visitors to The Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, have long been used to the sight of girls like these They are called Meter Maids, and, until recently, their sole job was to feed parking meters, to make sure motorists visiting this tourist area did not get fined for illegal parking.
Now the meters have gone... by courtesy of civic authorities... but the meter maids remain. They distribute leaflets outlining the new, relaxed parking laws.......
And they have work on the miles of sandy beach too. The girls wander along the beach and educate sun lovers about the benefits and dangers of northern Australia's hot sun. Too much at once is not good, so the girls advise caution... and they will even apply protective lotion if the tourist desires.
Another service: to warn young children not to venture too far out in the water without mum or dad being close at hand.
And male tourists like to photograph the girls.
The Gold Coast is one of Australia's best known tourist spots, and authorities hope the bikini girls will help attract more visitors to the miles of sand and surf.