Parking too long at Evans Head will cost from next week
FROM Tuesday next week, anyone who parks too long in parts of Evans Head risks the wrath of the parking inspector and a $101 fine.
In an effort to ease parking congestion around the town, Richmond Valley Council will start enforcing timed parking limits around the town.
The time limits have been in place for some time but, until now, have not been enforced.
Council general manager John Walker said parking congestion had surged after the Silver Sands Holiday Park stopped providing parking spaces for guests.
The new parking system was aimed at making it easier for people to find a park during peak times around the Surf Club, Holiday Park, CBD, Oak Lane and "other nearby streets".
The council had also decided to set up a temporary car park on the junction of Currajong Street and Memorial Airport Drive to provide a place where people can park without fear of being fined.
"This system is intended to ensure fairness and integrity in parking enforcement operations and only those clearly breaching the limits will be fined," Mr Walker said.
The amount and administration of the fines are administered through the State Government, which means, once issued, the council will have no power to revoke a fine and anyone wanting to argue the toss will have to go to the State Debt Recovery Office.