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December 9, 2021

Foreign invaders – from Queensland

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Sue Arnold, Ocean Shores. 

On Sunday morning, a huge RV blocked the access to the Torakina car park, parking the vehicle so that it was impossible for cars to get out unless they reversed and went out park side, always difficult when the car park is full.

As usual, it was a vehicle with a Queensland number plate and a very rude woman inside who gave me the finger when I explained peacefully that her RV was completely blocking the access out of the car park.

On Monday, I watched another Queensland car park in the disabled parking spot outside the Brunswick post office. The driver was certainly not disabled other than an inability to read signs.

We are witnessing a regular weekend invasion by Queenslanders and its not difficult to tell when these guys are in town. There’s no place to park, the streets and beaches are trashed.

Why the hell Queenslanders can’t enjoy their own state instead of coming into Byron shire, who knows. But there really needs to be some kind of education campaign which lets these folks know that they are increasingly unwelcome because of their utter disrespect for the area, the community and in general.

Good manners is a foreign concept to the majority of these invaders.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. WOW, never had any problem with Queenslanders myself. Why is there so much animosity towards them. A couple of incidents don’t characterise the entire state.

  2. Aww Sue, as a Queenslander, I feel greatly worried by your words, greatly distressed and upset…not. So we’re going to play generalisations are we? Ok Sue, numerous times on our side of the border, I have witnessed vehicles with the NSW number plates park illegally, and occasionally be driven by someone who didn’t know the road rules, but that did not mean I immediately thought all vehicles with a NSW number plate were occupied by fools. What a sad thing to presume to think, oh thats right we don’t think up here.

    I have also witnessed illegal parking and moronic driving by drivers that had every state and territory number plate up here as well, yes QLD, NSW, VIC, WA, SA, NT, TAS, and the ACT.

    Your “broad sweeping statement” that it is not hard to tell when Queenslanders are in town because there is no parking, and the beaches and area gets trashed. Really, so we are all responsible for that huh? Whenever I visit, I always walk away from the beach with at least 2-3 bags of rubbish – not my own, but I pick it up because I value the natural beauty of the area. Got the data on every Queenslander have you?

    It is short-sighted, and ignorant it is to label everyone with the same brush. It is this mindset and attitude that has caused countless problems, discrimination and conflict in societies. Oh and Sue, we go by Australians now huh? You know the country we live in? Perhaps you could practice what you preach and apply some good manners yourself please.

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