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February 25, 2021

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Editorial – A personal take on politics and media

Since its inception in 1986 by a bunch of ratbag hippy locals, The Echo has championed the voice of the afflicted, not the comfortable. That should be the aim of every media organisation.

Since the change in parking in the Bay I for one have found it much more difficult to park in town. The quick trip to the bank isn’t so quick any more and I find it easier to do it elsewhere in my travels.

I was told by the chamber of commerce that around 60 spaces were removed.

I look for a car space close to where I need to go and if I can’t find one I will circle around again, then widen my circling wider and wider until I find a spot. So I would guess many others do the same thing, which then gives a pretty clear idea why the town is in gridlock so often.

A short-term solution (assuming the parking front in to kerb continues) could be to halve the allowed time at all parking spots.

Take the one-hour down to half and so on. And have unrestricted time or four-hour time at a greater radius.

If I go to town to have a meal I may be there one to two hours. A short walk isn’t going to hurt me, but to come into town for a quick transaction and have to walk a distance… that sux.

David Levine, Byron Bay

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  1. I’m the opposite. I purposely drive to wherever I get free parking space and then walk back to my destination. That way I save money AND get much needed exercise. I’ve never understood nor sympathised with those people who will drive around and around waiting for someone to vacate a parking space. What a futile waste of time and petrol.

  2. If the parking times are halved, consequently, a lot of people would be obliged to re-park more often – thus add to the grid-lock; and there would be more parking tickets issued to who are a little late getting back to their vehicle in order to re-park. Curbing, guttering and parking bays on Butler Street with free 4P parking would help ease the parking situation on Jonson Street – for a little while.


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