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More than two dozen parking meters were vandalised around the Byron CBD last week, with a group calling itself ‘Byron Lib Tribe’ appearing to claim responsibility.

Byron Council said it had cost $90,000 to repair the 27 meters after vandals poured super glue into the coin and card slots, slashed the instruction labels, and spray painted the screens on January 21.

One of the 27 damaged parking meters in Byron Bay. Image: Byron Council

The attacks left the machines inoperable for three days, costing the council thousands of dollars in unpaid parking revenue. The cost of the repairs was covered by council’s insurance and will not be passed on to rate payers.

The vandals targeted machines spread across five different locations that were not directly covered by council’s CCTV cameras, including the Main Beach carpark, the Lawson Street carpark, Marvel Street, Fletcher Street, and Byron Street.

However, Echonetdaily understands a number of businesses have cameras which partly cover these areas, and that police are trawling through the footage in a bid to catch the culprits.

The words ‘Byron Lib Tribe’ were sprayed next to a number of the damaged machines, suggesting that the vandals may see themselves as part of a group fighting for Byron’s ‘liberation’.

In a statement to Echonetdaily, a council spokesperson said:

‘Parking meters in Byron Bay are vandalised from time to time but the number of parking meters vandalised on 21 January is unusual.

‘The contractor who maintains the parking meters immediately fixes any that are vandalised, broken or not operating properly.  If people find a parking meter that is not working it would be appreciated if they called Council and reported it.’

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  1. Thanks you idiots. Probably the same people who do today rates. All you have e achieved us wasting more if. Oinciks money that won’t go to what the community needs.
    For $50.00 a year Council has a locals parking permit. Previously campers stayed in spots all day in town with washing etc on their cars while locals couldn’t get a park. Like it or mitosis parking works. These people are probably the same people ripping up No Standing signs around beaches costing more money.

  2. pfft… there was no “thousands of dollars in unpaid parking revenue”, what there was, was thousands of dollars saved by the public that local councilors were unable to extort from them for parking on their own streets in their own town… byron parking meters are a complete disgrace, as are most of the penny pinching activities of byron council, it sounds like some locals have finally had enough of it too

  3. The cost of parking in Byron is exhorbitant to say the least. I’m not sure where the revenue from meter parking goes but it it certainly isn’t into fixing potholes in and around the CBD in Byron.

  4. Pity Council doesnt ensure whatever public toilets are available dont have the disabled facilities locked during the day. Maybe they should read the Disability Discrimination Act which they have breached.
    Also be great if Council workers were encouraged not to take over picnic facilities at Bangalow Palms parklands. There were about 6 of them having morning tea on 25 Jan which started about 9am and was still going about 2 hours later when we left – am sure ratepayers money could be better spent!

  5. May be a comment on the need for parking meters in the first place. Whereas Byron was known as being a place of tolerance for everyone including campers now its all about looking like an expensive trendy suburb….including the parking meters. How boring is Byron becoming?

  6. As a recent visitor to Byron bay I was annoyed by paid parking and lack of parking. I won’t be visiting again. The amount of rude back packers didn’t help.

  7. The yellow shirt protest in France destroyed almost every speed camera in the country! Must be catching on here.
    Hows it go again, “Liberty Fraternity Equality”,
    Something we have sadly forgotten in our almost slave like existence kow towing to the whims of Govt no matter how ridiculous they become. Paying to park a car in your own town, FFS?

  8. For 28 years, my family and I have been coming to Byron for holidays in our caravan, alwats staying at First Sun. In that time we have witnessed many changes, some good, some not so much. I do understand the need for parking regulation but the fees being charged are completely out of line. May be more palatable if we could see some improvements to the roads in and around the town centre.

  9. Im amazed at Byron shire they cant fix the roads but can afford to errect sculptures in the middle of roundabouts. While on the topic of roundabouts why did CCivil take more than 6 months to build a roundabout. Does a counciler own the company. They have to be the slowest Civil Company in Australia. I took longer to build that roundabout than all the earthworks for the new Pacific Hwy. Ohh & those parking meters well best way to avoid them is to stay out of Byron town all together or ride a bike

    • At least you won’t have to buy a helmet if you ride a bike. In two days I never saw one bike rider wearing one!

      The police have become so slack with all the other illegal goings on in the town!

  10. It was recently revealed by a council study that every Byron Shire ratepayer carries the financial load of over 150 tourists. In Byron township each resident “supports” over 1000 tourists (one of the highest levels in the world, YES, the world). Paid parking is the only way council can recoup the enormous amounts spent on tourist infrastructure so the local community is not totally subsidising millions of tourists filling up our roads, beaches and sewers.
    Yes, these tourists bring $$$ to local businesses but it is costing residents and council millions for the pleasure of having their towns overrun, and now, vandalised by libertarian idiots who think that no one can stop them from parking their van and setting up camp for 3 weeks in the Main Beach car park.

    Paid parking is solely for the benefit of locals. It frees up parking spots for residents and without it locals will have to pay increasing rates (also passed on to local renters) to subsidise the ever increasing number of tourists.

    I took the family to Sydney for a week over the holidays and subsidised their ratepayers over $60 in road tolls and about another $70 in parking (cheaper to drive with family of 4 than buses). Why should the millions flocking to Byron not contribute to one of the countries smallest shires with a very low rates revenue??? The Brisbane and Gold Coast day trippers flocking to Byron couldn’t care less about paid parking as they cop it daily at home.

    It is common sense that $50 a year for a locals parking sticker is much cheaper than council continually upping rates so we cover all the costs of tourist infrastructure. I am yet to hear any convincing argument as to why paid parking is not a benefit for locals so ready to hear one.

  11. Yes please. FIX THE BLOODY ROADS. Some parts of Sth Golden beach no longer have roads, there have bush walking tracks. Yet they spend over $50,000 on a work of art. We can’t change stupid BUT we can vote him and his mates OUT…

  12. I do support paid parking for tourists, but not for double dipping parking charges from our generally low income residents who already pay for the infrastructure, could that be the issue?
    Or could it be that Council now admits that it has unallocated parking meter revenue of $M2 to spend this year on Railway Park, (which includes another sculpture costing $80,000), which is in contradiction to Councils claim that the 30% Rate increase over the next few years,( generating a similar extra $M2 this year), was required as just enough to maintain our existing infrastructure. It appears we were lied to about the need for a massive Rate increase
    Council rate demands come with penalties if not paid. Turning the Rates from a community contribution to pay for running this place, into a $M2 Fraud with Menaces on the residents is bound to get a confrontational response.

  13. Good points ‘Common Sense’. And with regard to “libertarian idiots who think that no one can stop them from parking their van and setting up camp for 3 weeks in the Main Beach car park.”
    Easily fixed – A parking fine is issued, details recorded and if vehicle still there 24 hours later, tow truck called to impound the vehicle. The word will get around fast.


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