Tweed Council is taking strong action to try and combat the issue of overnight campers in the area.
Parking restrictions have been introduced in several key Tweed Heads sites, as well as a number of new ‘no parking’ signs.
It follows a rise in complaints from residents over the influx of campers taking up parking in specific streets.
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It’s become a serious problem around Tweed Terrace and Boundary Street in Point Danger, the area between Hill Street and Eden Street, Boundary Street and the car park next to Twin Towns, Bay Street and the car park opposite Chris Cunningham Park.
Council has now prohibited parking between 11.00 pm and 5.00 am seven days a week to try and prevent the problem.
Rangers will be patrolling the area and on-the-spot fines issued to anyone found parking in a restricted zone.
Mayor of Tweed Cr Chris Cherry says the new restrictions are designed to have minimal impact on local residents.
“Council has received a steep rise in complaints from residents concerned about the number of overnight campers and lack of available parking around Point Danger, Duranbah Beach, Twin Towns and Jack Evans Boat Harbour,” she said.
“We have two issues here – we have homelessness, which is a genuine concern in our Shire and we need State Government help to urgently address this, and we have travellers who don’t feel like paying for their stay. It is the second group we are targeting with these changes.
“Residents are concerned about significant public amenity, health and environmental issues that may arise from so many people sleeping overnight in their vehicles.
“These new parking restrictions are in direct response to those concerns and will be closely monitored by our rangers with on-the-spot fines issued.
“There will continue to be ample parking provided on public roads around Tweed Heads for those seeking access to the popular beach and lookout locations between 11.00 pm and 5.00 am, and we are confident these restrictions will not adversely impact local residents or businesses.”
The problem isn’t just isolated to the Tweed area, with the Gold Coast and Byron Shires also experiencing similar issues.