OPINION: Put your case in parking survey
BYRON Bay residents and tourists need to rethink how we use our town for the following reasons:
The biggest issue for residents and tourists alike has been parking and traffic.
The Western part of Byron Bay will soon have more residents and more tourism facilities and the first point of agreement from community consultation during the recent master plan process was to have fewer cars in our town centre.
Paid parking will help us all to find new ways to access and enjoy our town.
Ride sharing will become popular. I drove alongside an electric cyclist from Suffolk into town, arriving at the same time.
Bus timetables could expand to promote better patronage.
The chamber of commerce understands the need to introduce paid parking to address our shire's dilemma and to remain financially viable.
Many of our visitors come from areas in which paid parking is part of their lives.
We will work with council over the coming months to tweak components of paid parking to minimise the impact on businesses.
A members' meeting on July 30 will discuss the results from the Paid Parking for Business survey.
A link to the survey is available on the Byron United website for businesses to complete: www.byronunited.org.au