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Byron Shire
April 21, 2021

Why can’t the mayor wait for paid parking in Bruns?

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I was surprised after attending last weeks Council meeting. A submission was made by the Brunswick Heads Chamber of Commerce, that made it quite clear that the Traffic and Parking Consultants (TPS), who were engaged by Council with ratepayer money, did not recommend paid parking for Brunswick Heads. This seemed to fall on deaf ears as our mayor, later that same afternoon, brought an amendment calling for paid parking.

Fortunately this was voted down by the four councillors who were listening and there was a one-month deferment on the decision.

The TPS advised that Brunswick Heads will approach or reach capacity within five years and did not recommend paid parking. In fact, the TPS consultant stated that paid parking was premature for our village.

Mr Richardson insists that paid parking has been beneficial to the Byron Bay locals; however, he keeps ignoring the fact that the centre of Brunswick Heads is one block and if visitors don’t want to pay they just have to walk two minutes away and park in the residential streets. This was actually acknowledged during the submission by Matthew O’Reilly representing CABS at the meeting.

Council recently restricted parking in the lanes around the centre of town, therefore not only reducing the amount of parking but actually adding to the problem Council claims we have. I suspect that it was also to force the parking on to the streets where the meters are planned to be.

I don’t want a ripple effect where they will also have to restrict the parking times in other residential streets.

When will our mayor start listening, if not to the majority of people opposed to changing our village atmosphere and pushing the parking in front of our homes, then at least to the professionals they hired to do the survey?

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