As a Tweed Shire resident I am not entitled to a ‘local sticker’ as I live about a kilometre out of ‘the shire’, yet I go into town often for work and need to buy these pesky parking coupons.
Why can’t the Byron Shire allow me and any other visitor the option of buying an annual sticker and saving all this hassle of having gold coins rattling around in the glovebox? It is a time sap and a stress.
Get with the times: most tourist destinations in other countries have this option for visitors.
Four dollars an hour is what they charge for parking and from what I can tell, pretty much every carpark in town is going to be the same and no doubt the price will go up.
How about a simple idea? Why not have a toll gate with a big sign ‘Welcome to Byron Bay, you are being charged $4 an hour to be here.
‘ There is technology now where they could have cameras recording license plates and the drivers could pay on the way out of town.
Get in at 10am, stay till sunset and swing the council $28 as you leave.
It could all be computer-operated, no staff.
Maybe they could put it near the sign that welcomes people to Byron?? Where it says ‘Welcome to Byron Bay, slow down, smile and cheer up’ Maybe it could say ‘Welcome to Byron Pay, slow down, smile and cough up’? Maybe with all the revenue they are making they can fix the crappy roads.
That road leading from the ‘Top Shop’ towards Clarks is like a visit to a chiropractor, you can feel your spine has been adjusted after you have driven down it.
Andrew Crockett, Burringbar