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Band’s success forces Byron Council to rethink the street sign for Parkway Drive

It’s not often Byron Shire Council is forced to come up with a solution to counteract the success of a hardcore band but after 12 years of replacing the Parkway Drive sign at Ewingsdale, staff think they have finally had a win. 

Parkway Drive is one of the most successful hardcore bands in the world, a long way from its humble beginnings in 2003, practising in the soundproof garage at drummer Ben Gordon’s parents’ house on Parkway Drive.

As the band became more famous, so too did the Parkway Drive street sign said Byron Shire Council’s Inspections Officer, Dave Carney. 

“Over the years we have replaced that sign more than 30 times and every time we replace it someone comes and pinches it again,” Mr Carney said.

“We have tried a lot of different methods including putting the actual sign up really high, and using heavy duty brackets, but there’s always an enterprising fan who will go the extra mile to take it as a souvenir,” he said.

“For 12 years we have been losing the battle with that street sign so the Sign Crew finally decided to paint the name of the street on the road.

“The band has posted a photo of the new sign on its Instagram account acknowledging Council’s efforts and the problems we’ve had over the years,” Mr Carney said.

The new sign has gained global exposure, with more than 31,900 ‘likes’ on Instagram so far.

"The theft of the street sign always spiked around Splendour in the Grass and Falls Festival and residents would call to report it stolen and request a replacement.

“It is however great to see some local lads still enjoying such amazing success in the tough world of music,” Mr Carney said.

For more information call Annie Lewis, Media and Communications Coordinator on 6626 7320.


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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.