Touted as their ‘first detailed policy position ahead of the Council elections’, the Byron Independents have announced their plans to expand pay parking in ‘other towns’ like Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.
According to the party’s lead candidate, Acting Mayor Michael Lyon, the move ‘will be essential to ensure that our visitors pay their fair share towards our infrastructure costs in the coming years’.
Cr Lyon is calling for the $55 charge for locals be removed, while raising the pay parking hourly rate for visitors only.
Review pay parking
He will move a motion at this Thursday’s Council meeting to review the pay parking scheme, Shire-wide.
Cr Lyon is also seeking in his motion a breakdown of ‘pay parking revenue from meters originating from residents of NRJO, being Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Tweed Shires vs those coming from elsewhere’.
Yet Council staff have flagged issues with that aspect of the motion, saying in the agenda that they ‘do not have the level of detail required to confirm where parking patrons originated’.
They write, ‘Consideration would need to be given to the capital costs to implement aspects of the Notice of Motion and impacts arising from Master Plan projects within town centres, such as the Green Spine in Mullumbimby and Tincogan Street works’.
Throughout councillors’ last five years in office, they have faced tough opposition to pay parking plans from both Bangalow and Bruns, with claims of inadequate traffic studies that underpin Council decision making.
Additionally, the towns’ business chambers cite the considerable impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on local business.
♦ Thursday’s Council meeting starts at 9am in the Council Chambers with public access.