Push for multi-level car park

IT'S time for Byron Shire Council to look at building a multi-level car park, rather than putting parking meters in Byron Bay's CBD, if the town is to survive, according to Byron United (BU) president Sevegne Newton.

She made the comment in an angry reaction to the council's plan to raise $2m annually inrevenue by extending the paid parking in the town's CBD.

Her call comes at a time when three CBD businesses have closed their doors within a week – with another five set to shut their doors – and another 25 businesses up for sale.

Ms Newton said it was all to do with the decrease in international tourism because of the strong Australian dollar, the loss of road workers and their families from the region as work on the Ballina bypass progresses and the Global Financial Crisis, which was only just hitting Byron Bay now.

She agreed, sarcastically, with the argument that extending paid parking would help with traffic management: “It will help all right, because no one will come into town.”



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