Paid parking not all bad for Byron

Byron council is hoping to raised $2 million each year by charging residents and visitors to park.

Byron Shire Council’s much maligned paid parking has plenty of detractors but many of the town’s Chamber of Commerce members say it’s been good for business.

While much has been made of Byron Bay’s paid parking, which as Echonetdaily revealed this week has earned the council $500,000 in less than three months, even the town’s chamber of commerce members aren’t universally opposed.

Vice-president Bjorn Peterson said the chamber, ‘continues to seek feedback from local businesses and members of the public regarding the impact of the introduction of paid parking.’

‘Preliminary results of the online survey suggest mixed outcomes for local businesses, with some in the CBD experiencing a slight downturn in patronage, while others are enjoying increased turnover owing to customers being better able to readily access parking in town,’ he told Echonetdaily.

‘The chamber will continue to work with council, community stakeholders and business in order to achieve the best results for businesses and locals.’

The chamber’s paid parking survey is still online at

Market not impacted

And how are the markets dealing with paid parking?

Acting Byron market manager Majida Steinfeld says that there has been no noticeable downturn or negative comments from stallholders, but it was also ‘too early to tell.’

Ms Steinfeld also suggested that this time of year is generally quieter for markets.

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