Catherine Henniker, Byron Bay
Residents pay rates and also pay extra for the privilege of parking in their own town.
Residents, and in particular the wildlife who used to be prolific on Butler Street Reserve, have lost their access to a green space in town. This once-green haven for wildlife and a safe place for families to play has been replaced by (depending on the weather) alternatively a dust bowl or a quagmire.
Currently visitors are not charged at all to park on the Reserve. Since the inception of ‘free’ parking there a conservative number of 100,000 vehicles would have parked free. This represents a massive loss of revenue with no identifiable gain to the community.
Surely it would be a gain for all the community if space was allocated for town workers to park on adjacent streets and the Reserve be renewed as parkland for local residents and wildlife.