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What parking for Bruns parks?

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Imagine the loss of amenity to community if three businesses proposing to open in a small village required 300 visitor parking spaces.

Imagine if those businesses were allowed, by outdated government guidelines, to operate without off-street parking. This is exactly what we have in Brunswick Heads village.

North Coast Holiday Parks (NCHP), as managers of Brunswick Heads parks, want to operate as holiday parks, with vans and cabins, within the confines of small campgrounds.

These were suitable for camping and tenting from the 1930s through the early 70s and still are. They are not suitable for anything more.

In years past campers came with one vehicle. Gear was delivered on the weekend and on Monday the bread winner drove to work.

Today it’s the car or two, a trailer and their daughter and her boyfriend in their two cars. Then these holidaymakers’ visitors arrive.

The Terrace Park alone has 199 sites, do the maths.

The overflow parking during holidays spreads through Brunswick village like a virus, encroaching all through the town.

NCHP expects residents, as well as day visitors, to wear the increasing overflow of vehicles. There is little off-street visitor parking, certainly not the numbers one would expect.

‘Guidelines’ covering visitor parking have not been amended for over 25 years. It’s out of date requiring only a dozen visitor parks for The Terrace Park, which presently has none!

The Ferry Reserve’s designated recreational space is often illegally given over to car parking.

This is not good enough in this day and age. Management of these parks, and income, were removed from Byron Council under the pretext of modernisation.

When modernised, at least a third of these parks must be set aside for some visitor and trailer parking. This must be in new state guidelines and plans of management, not a plan for community to wear their parking issues.

Businesses provide for visitor parking or they make parking contributions to Council. If the community must bear the loss of amenity through generated on-street parking then NCHP must contribute for use of ratepayers’ infrastructure.

They must also incorporate more than 12 visitor parks for each park. If this means loss of sites, tough; it’s called business. These costs will contribute to Council some overdue income.


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  1. I am still astounded by the arrogance and lack of community consideration that accompanied the NSW State Government’s initial forced takeover of these Council run parks to a blatently commercial operation run by a Goverment appointed NCHP. It seems if the ordinary Joe or Josie does something slightly wrong, perhaps in ignorance of the myriad of government laws, then the long and self-righteous arm of the Law comes down on them like a ton of bricks. Yet, if self-interested politicians or bureaucrats want to do anything which is morally wrong, against public interest and even perhaps illegal; then all they do is legislate the illegality into Law and that’s End of Story. No ifs, no buts, like it or lump it.
    This is a problem with democracy – we often end up just electing our Dictators – with a choice of two.


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