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September 27, 2021

Slugging the teachers

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I have been informed that Council proposes to slug the teachers at Byron Bay Public School up to $220 annually to park their cars in the pot-holed, muddied and corrugated side-streets surrounding that lovely school, all while they undertake the quality education of our ‘young hopefuls’.

This despite the assurances at the outset from Council that front-line workers from out of town would be ‘looked after’ as the paid-parking was rolled out, that paid-parking was aimed at raising revenue from tourists.

Most of the teachers at that school already sacrifice considerable driving time and car costs, not being able to live near their work. What kind of a council does that?

Not cool.

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  1. There is no reason to exempt teachers or any other workers or residents from the same parking arrangements as visitors. Other councils treat all cars the same, applying parking measures to encourage alactive transport, and raise revenue to fix those potholes. Teachers are relatively well paid compared with hopitality or retail workers and their cars cause as much congestion as anyone else’s. What kind of a council does that? One that values fairness and a well maintianed road system that encourages environmentally sustaibable transport.

    • I’m not opposed to reasonable paid parking arrangements to foot the pothole bill but it was so nice to read a rare salute to the essential work of teachers who receive a pittance for their efforts in terms of remuneration, job security and appreciation compared with other similarly qualified professionals.

      Mind you, I feel for any town workers who have to pay excessively to park for work given that it’s becoming increasingly rare for anyone but retirees and multi millionaires to live in town.

      • I am unsure why you suggest teachers are paid a pittance Teachers are paid at similar rate to other non-managerial public sector professionals , such as post-graduate qualified nurses, librarians and archivists, and well above the rates of the hospitality and retail workrrs in the Bay. They consistently rate highly in public perspectives. Their lack of tenure is common to most public sector work. There pay and conditions is a State matter and there is no reason for Council to weigh in by exempting them from imposts intended to reduce congestion that teachers and others who drive to work cause.
        Rather than blaming well off retirees for the Bay’s problems , can I suggest you thank them for the year round income and employment they bring to it, with few of the social problems that some younger visitors bring.

        • 1. Not saying that Council needs to buy into who should get what pay and conditions – just that is was nice to read about someone appreciating the work of teachers without someone telling them to pull their head in. Sorry but I mainly hear whinging about them

          2. Yes there are a number of post-grad professions, mainly providing the essential caring services that are vital, that don’t get pay commensurate with their quals, expertise and responsibilities. Just nice to hear someone give one of them some recognition.

          3. No, none of this should determine paid parking policy but recognising that a town needs services and workers and that many of them here must live out of town and need somewhere to park, should. Byron has some unique issues. Not all the other LGAs you want us to conform with have our congestion and parking problems. Most don’t even have paid parking.

          4. Definitely not blaming retirees for anything. Where did that come from? Just an observation that you increasingly need to have lived here a long time and already own a house, or have sold something in Sydney for a motza or have lots of readies from another source, to be able to afford to live in the township. Ie increasingly retirees or the well -heeled (nothing against either) rather than the people who have to commute to provide us with all our services, pay their travel costs and deserve a bit of consideration re paid parking.

  2. If you are prepared to walk a maximum of 300 metres you will get free parking. Butler St Reserve is all day free and all streets east of Tennyson St is free. I cannot believe how many business owners and staff think they should park within 100 metres of their destination, so very backward thinking.
    Teachers should be roll models and instruct children on how to walk plus follow up by walking a short distance from their parked cars . Teach them early and they will adapt


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