The misuse of parking spaces for people with a disability is an issue in many local government areas, and last month Port Stephens Council’s rangers made it a key focus.
Council’s Environmental Health and Compliance Coordinator Marc Goodall says rangers conduct blitzes throughout the year.
“During April, our rangers focused on parking spaces marked for people with a disability and those using the Mobility Parking Scheme,” Mr Goodall said.
“We allocate time to check disability parking zones and wait for the owners of vehicles parked in the zones to ensure they are using the Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permit correctly.
“After over 50 patrols last month, our rangers had 41 interactions with permit holders, issued 30 infringements and confiscated 5 permits that were being incorrectly used.
“Most members of the community appreciate the work we do to make sure these parking spaces are available for people who actually need them.
“It’s one way we can help make Port Stephens more accessible for people who rely on being able to park close to public facilities,” he said.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says Council’s focus on accessibility goes well beyond parking.
“We’re currently seeking feedback on our Wellbeing Strategy to improve accessibility and inclusion of all people.
“We’d particularly like to hear from people living with a disability and disability service providers about what matters most to them.
“Your feedback will help inform our strategy and make sure we are equipped to create safe, welcoming, liveable places and spaces across Port Stephens,” he said.
The survey is open until 5pm Friday 28 May 2021 and every survey participant has the chance to win 1 of 4 gift vouchers valued at $50.
Complete the survey:
- online at haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/community-wellbeing-strategy/
- pick up and complete a paper copy in person at Port Stephens Council Administration Building, Tomaree Library and Community Centre or Raymond Terrace Library