Vote to cut park tick­ets

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SPARE park­ing spot in Byron is as rare as high-waisted plumbers’ pants but de­spite the de­mand for spa­ces, park­ing il­le­gally could be about to get a whole lot cheaper.

Byron Shire Coun­cil, Tweed Shire and other lo­cal gov­ern­ments have been asked by the NSW Gov­ern­ment to slash park­ing fines by $32.

It would mean peo­ple who park il­le­gally will be stung with just an $80 fine in­stead of $112.

Byron Shire’s Na­tional Party-aligned coun­cil­lor Alan Hunter does not sup­port the change as it has been es­ti­mated it would strip the coun­cil of $158,200 in revenue a year. He said lo­cals bought park­ing per­mits for $50 a year, which meant revenue from park­ing tick­ets came from tourists, many from the Gold Coast.

“I can’t see it be­ing much of an is­sue for our ratepay­ers to get some money from the vis­i­tors,” he said.

“It is just one way we can get the vis­i­tors to pay for the badly needed re­vamp to the in­fra­struc­ture in the shire.”

Coun­cils must in­form the NSW Gov­ern­ment if they want to adopt the changes by Jan­uary 1, with im­ple­men­ta­tion on March 1. There is scope to de­lay the opt-in date.

Tweed Shire coun­cil­lors will vote on the pro­posed changes next week.

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