REA­SON TO WEEP

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

GOLD Coast City Coun­cil was right to quash a park­ing fine that would have painted it as the sort of au­thor­ity that pe­nalises des­per­ate mums feed­ing ba­bies.

Par­ents ev­ery­where know that when push comes to shove, the heart-tug­ging cries of a tiny child can­not be ig­nored.

They will un­der­stand Nicky Con­vine’s predica­ment, in which her in­stinct kicked in and she had to scoot quickly into a park­ing space at Burleigh to breast­feed her baby. And ev­ery­one will un­der­stand her frus­tra­tion when a park­ing of­fi­cer swooped and stuck a fine on her wind­screen, and then some­one in the back­rooms of city hall bu­reau­cracy re­jected her ap­peal.

In NSW how­ever they do things dif­fer­ently. And we can thank Cr Alan Hunter of the Byron Shire for con­firm­ing what Gold Coast­ers have sus­pected – that Byron Bay sees us as a bunch of walk­ing wal­lets. In the de­bate in NSW about whether to re­duce park­ing fines, Cr Hunter wants penal­ties main­tained, other­wise the shire will lose revenue that he ad­mits comes from vis­i­tors – that’s us – rather than lo­cals, who pay just $50 for an­nual park­ing per­mits. Nice one.

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