C Henniker, Byron Bay
Butler Street Reserve is now being used as a free parking place for workers and tourists. The number of interstate number plates far exceeds local ones.
This is a lost resource to the town. The parking fees, if applied, would pay for repairing the roads around the Reserve.
This area is unsupervised, open all night, lacks toilet facilities and rubbish bins. It encourages free campers with all the health risks that brings right where our fresh-food market is held.
Recently the council erected lights – this has not been a deterrent to the free campers. After many pleas they put garbage bins that were immediately filled to overflowing – so were removed.
There is now no provision for rubbish or human excreta. The Butler Street Reserve poses a health issue for all Byron residents who shop at the Thursday or Saturday market.
Every town in this country is proud of a well-kept, welcoming park for locals and tourists to use. Why not Byron Bay?