Fine for back-seat feed
Council reversal late, but for the breast
A GOLD Coast mother was slapped with a $78 parking fine while breastfeeding her baby in the back of the car, and it took two months and going to the media to have it overturned by the city council.
Musician Nicky Convine says she was on her way back from Casino on September 30, when her nine-month-old son River became distressed in the back seat. She pulled over into what turned out to be a metered bay on Connor St, Burleigh Heads, and got into the back to feed him.
She said within 10 minutes a parking inspector had put a $78 fine on her windshield – while she was inside the car breastfeeding. “We were almost home and he was incon- solable. It’s painful for me to hear my baby crying when he needs me,” she said.
“You do whatever you can, your mother’s instinct kicks in.
“I didn’t see anyone around until the ticket went under my wiper. I had to jump out and he seemed really apologetic, but said he couldn’t reverse it and that I would have to appeal.
“He seemed so understanding so I thought it would be an easy thing to do,” she said.
Two days later, Mrs Convine emailed council explaining the situation.
On Wednesday she received a response, saying her appeal had been denied because her case did not fit within the policy guidelines.
The council Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) Review Policy stated that one ground for request was “the affected person was unable to comply with the relevant provisions of the law, due to a circumstance outside of their control”.
Yesterday, a council spokesman said that while it stood by its decision to deliver the fine, it had now withdrawn it on compassionate grounds.
Nicky Convine and son River.