Gerry Doesly, Byron Bay.
In reply to various letters re the decision not to impose paid parking in Brunswick Heads, may I contribute a few thoughts.
In relation to the Kim Rosen case put to the councillors that some 6,000 persons have petitioned against paid parking in Brunswick Heads, it would be very interesting to know how many of this alleged 6,000 actually make a direct financial contribution to the maintenance of council infrastructure, ie roads, footpaths, etc, in Brunswick Heads. How many of the 6,000 are ratepayers?
Furthermore, does the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce not accept that its village is only a small part of is the Byron Shire? Does it not accept that it is Byron Bay in particular that is, and always will be, the initial ‘draw card’ destination for many of the tourists who visit this shire?
I have lived and worked in Byron Bay for 20+ years, and am quite comfortable with being required to contribute $50 per vehicle per year to be able to park in our township, particularly as this ensures that our many visitors are now also making a contribution, via paid parking, to the much needed repair and upkeep of our infrastructure.
Obviously Brunswick Heads people are more than happy for some Byron Shire (i.e. Byron Bay) ratepayers to carry the can for the entire shire when it comes to these financial issues. Bangalow and Brunswick businesses need to be careful here, as Byron ratepayers may choose to boycott, as I will, visiting their respective villages with friends visiting from interstate or overseas, as a result of your approach of letting Byron Bay ratepayers/residents doing all of the heavy lifting in relation to initiatives for raising funds for much needed council infrastructure repairs and maintenance.