Byron Bay’s parking meters set for an upgrade

Byron Bay’s parking meters are getting an upgrade, with a newer model set to replace existing meters from Monday 30 November.

“We have a new company supplying our meters and we’re taking this opportunity to upgrade them,” Byron Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, Phil Holloway said.

“The new meters have been selected because they’re more reliable and easier to read and operate but still have the option for card and cash payment – which is something we know people still like to have.

“We’re also introducing the COVID-safe option of touchless payment via the PayStay app – and that will be available from 14 December when all the new meters have been installed,” he said.

The PayStay app allows you to pay for parking without touching a meter, only pay for the time you park and has wayfinding technology so you can find available spots.

“The PayStay app has some really handy features and has been used successfully by many Councils around Australia – it’s another benefit we’re able to deliver through this upgrade,” Mr Holloway said.

Roll out and installation of the new meters starts in Shirley St and Wordsworth St Byron Bay on Monday 30th November and Council is aiming to have all the meters upgraded by 14 December.

“We will do our best to minimize disruptions by replacing the meters one street at a time and working around peak hour as much as possible,” Mr Holloway said.

Council is also reminding Byron Shire residents to buy or renew annual parking permits ahead of the busy holiday period.

“The majority of our residents’ parking permits expire just before Christmas, and we’ve found that if people don’t renew or buy their parking permits before the holidays arrive, they may forget to do it which can, unfortunately, lead to parking fines that could have been avoided,” he said.

Annual parking permits are $55 per year and enable permit holders to park in any metered car space, without charge (parking time limits apply). Reminder: you need your car registration papers to purchase your permit.

Go to Council’s website to buy or renew your parking permit online: www.byron.nsw.gov.au/Services/Roads-parking/Parking/Pay-parking-in-Byron-Bay

You can also drop in to Council’s Mullumbimby office for assistance or call: 1300 811 942.

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