Paid parking all set for Byron Bay
BYRON Shire Council is set to install Byron Bay's brand new paid parking machines within the next two weeks.
The 135 solar-powered machines will installed on public footpaths and road reserves within the paid parking area.
The will stand about 1.5 metres tall and will be spaced 30-50 metres apart.
Byron Shire Council's transport and traffic officer Simon Bennett said the scheme would be operational by mid-December in time for Christmas, and apply seven days a week from 9am to 6pm.
Parking will cost $3 per hour up to a maximum of $20 per day, while locals can purchase an exemption.
All residents, ratepayers and workers within the paid parking area can purchase an exemption,
"For residents and ratepayers the annual cost is $50, and for a person who works within the pay parking area, but lives outside of Byron Shire, the cost is $100," Mr Bennett said.
There is no cost for Byron Shire pensioners.
An exemption requires motorists to enter their vehicle number plate licence at the pay parking machine, and then walk away.
"But you will still need to adhere to the time limits. Overstay the time limit and you could get a fine," Mr Bennett warned.
Residents who have a resident parking coupon valid for council-managed car parks, could also upgrade to an exemption.
"We've already had about 800 resident parking coupon holders upgrade within the first week," Mr Bennett said.
Byron Shire businesses could also apply to have an account.
Resident parking coupons will also no longer be valid within National Parks car parks in Byron, from December 1, 2015.
The new Byron Bay Pay Parking scheme is part of Council's Fit for the Future improvement program to boost the council's financial sustainability.
"It's anticipated that Council will raise over $2 million annually from pay parking with the funds going back into improving Byron Shire's infrastructure," Mr Bennett said.
"With over 900,000 plus day trippers coming into Byron Bay each year, most of the pay parking revenue is expected to come from this group."