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October 8, 2022

Parking charges a disguised rate rise

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RE:  $100 per year for locals to park in town?

Really?  Is this a LNP Council?  Tax the poor (locals)?  Now I know why our dear council didn’t need to apply for an extraordinary rates increase this round.

Well, I guess at least there are other transport options…

Seriously, if you want to raise revenue, why don’t you charge the large venues in town a percentage of their income to operate here?

James Gall, Suffolk Park

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  1. Strewth! They’ve got to be kidding! 100 bucks for a sticker to park in your own town when Rates have just gone up again and will go up again next year. Beachside Councils in Sydney give their residents free stickers and that should be the case here. I thought the idea was to get visitors to pay to finance much needed infrasrtucture. Residents are already paying through the nose and we can’t even get pot-holes filled. I wonder if any Councillors have tried driving down Ruskin St for example lately, you need a Humvee.
    How about the Council increasing efforts to get a $1 a head per night bed tax. Who’s going to notice that?

    • No-one is going to notice a $1/head bed tax but every time Council tries levy one the NSW government knocks it on the head.

  2. I am also affronted by having to pay to park and run errands in my own town. I’ve had a resident’s sticker for a number of years to park in the carparks, but residents already ‘pay and pay’ to share Byron Bay with so many visitors. The hike from $25 to $100 in one jump is too much, especially when you consider the amount of residents on low wages/incomes and working casually only. It will definitely drive locals away from Byron towards Mullum and Ballina more frequently, and that is the last thing that local businesses need. Many can’t survive on the tourist dollar alone and rely on local custom to keep the cash flowing during the quieter seasons. I really can’t understand why the council thought it was necessary to also tax residents for the privilege of parking in our own town, when $4 an hour will bring in a bonanza of cash. Can’t we locals have a break from increasing council costs and red tape?


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