Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Crackdown on Freeloaders; Council Sends a Strong Message by Issuing 1119 Fines

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Crackdown on Freeloaders; Council Sends a Strong Message by Issuing 1119 Fines

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"THERE is no place here for people who think they are entitled to park and camp wherever they like."

That's the strong message from Byron Shire Council, which has issued more than 1000 infringement notices for a range of offences - including illegal parking and camping - over the Christmas and New Year period.

The council had 11 staff members from the enforcement team starting work early and finishing late to crackdown on the problem.

Director of sustainable environment and economy Shannon Burt said the heavy approach was in response to "ongoing concerns from our community about illegal campers and their behaviour and to let these people know that setting up vans and camping on beaches and in residential streets is not okay any time of the year".

Ms Burt said a total of 1119 infringement notices were issued.

"The team worked across all the public holidays, starting at 3am in the morning and finishing at midnight, to send the message to illegal campers that they need to pay to stay," she said. …

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