Cleaning up boat trailer dumping grounds

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Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced new funding and parking measures for boat trailers in NSW, which would increase…

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today announced new funding and parking measures for boat trailers in NSW, which would increase the availability of off street parking and remove abandoned boat trailers from busy suburban streets.

Mr Gay said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government was committed to cleaning up the issue of trailer dumping and remove pressure on residential roads.

“For too long communities living near the water and in coastal areas have played host to boat trailer dumping grounds and it’s just not on,” Mr Gay said.

“Currently, there is no limit on the time boat trailers can park on streets and we have a situation where trailers are being abandoned for months and even years, robbing people of valuable car parks.

“To help relocate boat trailers, the NSW Government is investing $5 million to build dedicated off street boat trailer parking facilities, particularly in metropolitan Sydney and we’re calling on councils and other businesses to register their interest.

“We’re also introducing a three month parking limit on local streets, this means boat trailers left in the same place longer than three months will be impounded. Fines will also be issued for unregistered boat trailers left on the street.

“This change will stop the perpetual boat trailer parking offenders and strike a balance between parking a trailer for a reasonable amount of time and improving short term parking for local residents,” Mr Gay said.

Local MPs from some of Sydney’s busiest harbourside suburbs, John Sidoti (Drummoyne) and Gabrielle Upton (Vaucluse) said the changes would support growth in the boating sector and deliver benefits to the residents of these communities.

“The interest among the community to get involved in boating is increasing, with boat ownership growing by the thousands every year,” Mr Sidoti said.

“We need a clear plan in place to manage the current and increasing demand in boat trailer parking and this proposal is an important step in the right direction.

“You just have to walk down the local streets of Drummoyne to get a sense of the vast number of boat trailers that are simply discarded and sit in the street growing cobwebs,” he said.

“It is pleasing to see these views were reflected in the community feedback provided to the NSW Government Boat Trailer Working Group and action is being taken,” Ms Upton said.

“Local communities will be glad to see a greater parking turnover, providing increased local car parks,” she said.

Details for registering interest in dedicated off street boating facilities is available on the NSW Government e-tendering website www.tenders.nsw.gov.au