Rod Murray, Ocean Shores.
It is completely misleading for the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to claim that businesses will suffer as a result of paid parking.
It didn’t happen in Byron Bay despite the same initial concerns and, as the state government predicts significant population increases in the Northern Rivers and southern Queensland, it won’t happen in Brunswick Heads either.
Tourist numbers will continue to grow and infrastructure will continue to see increased pressure. And as for 95 per cent of residents supporting no paid parking, there is no evidence, just a fraud and wishful thinking.
I don’t recall the chamber coming out against the rate increases ‘we had to have’, while many struggle to pay mortgages (without Airbnb to cover it) and I’m still waiting for an answer to previous questions, such as ‘what has the chamber done to pressure the government for the council to be able to introduce a bed tax?’
Or ‘why should ratepayers continue to subsidise the tourist industry and pay for infrastructure without a contribution from tourists?’
Or ‘what significant, alternative, long-term financial solutions do they suggest?’
I trust the council will not back down on this as it would smell very much like saving their necks for the next election.
I would also like to request an update from the council in regard to the alleged ‘coalition of councils’ and the bed tax issue.
Bring on paid parking in Brunswick Heads and Bangalow.