A woman in my neighbourhood was recently fined over $220 by a Byron Shire Council ranger for walking her dog off the lead.
She was with her dog at the scrappy end of Cowper Street where the road peters out into a grassy area before it becomes the track through to Lawson Street.
Her dog is quiet and well behaved. She was unaware she was breaking the law, but rather than give her a caution the officious ranger issued a whopping fine.
Contrast this with the hundreds of van packers who camp in our town every night including in that same end of Cowper Street), piddling and pooping wherever they please.
How many of them are ever fined? It would be interesting to see council statistics on issued fines, as it seems to me that it is the residents of Byron who are the easy revenue raising targets of our selectively vigilant rangers.
Louise Andrews, Byron Bay