Byron Shire Council says its parking rangers are being abused and threatened on a daily basis.
Byron Shire Council says its parking rangers are being abused and threatened on a daily basis. Kate O’Neill

Toe Byron’s line or be towed

BYRON Shire Council is to investigate ways of gaining the power to tow away vehicles during major events like the Blues Festival and Splendour In The Grass.

Deputy Mayor Diane Woods will move a notice of motion on Thursday, council's first meeting of the year, calling for a report into the legality of introducing tow away areas at peak times.

Cr Woods always wants to explore introducing paid parking at Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex.

It comes in the wake of widespread illegal camping throughout the shire over the Christmas/new year period

Cr Woods says there was an increasing problem with visitors parking/camping in the streets across the shire.

"This is affecting the safety and amenity of residents and as such we need to explore all potential methods of discouraging such activities," she said.

Mayor Simon Richardson said he was supportive of the tow-away idea but concerned paid parking at the complex could encourage more of the kinds of tourists the town didn't want.



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