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Parking in Brunswick Head and Mullumbimby – looking at ways of improving traffic flow

Byron Shire Council is looking at ways to improve the turnover and efficiency of parking spaces in Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby.

Click here to view the Brunswick Heads Parking Management Strategy

Click here to view the Mullumbimby Parking Management Strategy

COMING SOON - Online surveys for Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby

Studies commissioned by Byron Shire Council in August 2016 found that changing the time limits for parking in both towns could improve the amount of parking spaces for locals and visitors.

Ken Gainger, General Manager of Byron Shire Council, said the number of visitors to Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby are increasing, and this is placing pressure on parking and traffic management in the towns.

“This is not an issue that is going to go away so Council has developed draft parking management strategies for both towns,” Mr Gainger said.

“Long parking limits near shops decreases the availability of parking and this is not to the advantage of local businesses,” he said.

“For example, in Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads, more than 60% of parking in the town centres is all-day parking which doesn’t leave that many parking options on a busy day,” Mr Gainger said.  

“Brunswick Heads is a popular tourist destination, particularly on the weekends, and Council also wants to get residents and business owners’ opinions on the possible introduction of pay parking in the town,” he said.

“We are not considering implementing pay parking in Mullumbimby but Council does think there could be significant long-term benefits for the Brunswick Heads community if the scheme was introduced there.

“Pay parking is a way to generate income from visitors and our estimates show we could raise more than $900,000 a year which would be used specifically for projects in Brunswick Heads,” he said.

“In addition to information on our website and advertisements in local papers, we will also be writing to residents and businesses and organising opportunities for staff to be in Brunswick Heads to survey people and answer questions.

“We will invite people to do an online survey to allow us to get as much feedback as possible.

“Many people already have a permit to park in Byron Bay and, should pay parking eventually be implemented, that permit will extend to Brunswick Heads,” Mr Gainger said.

The Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby Parking Management Strategies will be placed on exhibition for public comment in mid-September.

For more information call Annie Lewis on 6626 7320.

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Byron Shire Council
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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.