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May 7, 2021

Residents had enough of defecating illegal campers

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We only moved in to Marvell Street, Byron Bay, in August 2013 and have already experienced the health hazard of illegal campers defecating in our street.
We called council twice at 11.30am this morning (29 March), twice again at 1.30pm, and once again at 3.30pm, for the ranger to come and clean up the faeces generously deposited outside our house. The ranger never showed up so I decided to dispose of it myself at 3.45pm.
We have small children and my wife is recovering from chemotherapy, so to have this health hazard as a regular occurrence outside our house is completely unacceptable.
This offence appears to be continually committed by campers in vans parking along Middleton Street, west of Marvell Street, outside our properties.
I do not understand why the ranger did not respond to our requests after five phone calls to the after-hours council number. This is a thoroughfare for our (and many others) children on their way to Byron Bay Public School each morning.
It is (along with our front yard) commonly littered with alcohol bottles and faeces. We called the police on one occasion in December because there were multiple people urinating and dumping empty alcohol bottles in our front yard right outside our four-year-old’s bedroom.
We would greatly appreciate the time to talk with the mayor on this important issue.
Thank you all other residents who have also complained about the health hazard: you are not alone.
Lindon Garske, Byron Bay

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  1. The simple answer is, the correct signage WITH extremely high on the spot fines ($800- $1500) and/or vehicle impound as soon as the vehicle/camper is parked over 4 hours, if not a Byron registration.
    Anything less will not stop it and your town and kids will be sick to say the least
    I have great sympathy for you all and it was one reason I left town.
    Mal Ross


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