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I know that Byron Council is short of funds but the latest revenue-raising exercise is over the top.

I’m looking to sell my car and I thought I would leave it parked in Bangalow, in an un-timed and un-signposted parking space on the road to the highway with a ‘for sale’ sign on it. It seems to have worked for dozens before me, so why not give it a try?

Imagine my surprise when I came back to find a letter from the State Debt Recovery Office under my windscreen wiper.

Turns out it’s a warning notice from Byron Shire Council, who have decided that ‘the practice of persons displaying motor vehicles on public roads with [sic] Byron Shire… raises pedestrian safety concerns’ (say wha?), not to mention being ‘unsightly’ and ‘an inappropriate commercial activity’.

The notice said the penalty for this offence is $300: about $70 more than disobeying a no-stopping sign! And all that with no control signage.

I understand some legislation was passed at state level after hundreds of backpackers were selling cars on the street in Kings Cross. It is hardly the same thing is it? And if it is such a problem, why doesn’t Byron Council erect some signs. Then normally law-abiding people like myself wouldn’t get harassed like this.

Wayne Penn, Binna Burra


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3 COMMENTS

  1. This law enforced by many councils must be counter to constitutional law restricting free trade. It has a smell of corruption from the motor dealer lobby and council cronies.

  2. Wayne . “Erect some signs ” Where do you suggest Byron Council erect these signs ??? How many & at what cost ? Mate , they can`t even afford to fix the pot holed roads in the shire let alone erecting more signs all over the place ! .Knowing from experience dealing with Byron council I think your lucky to get away with a warning !

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