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Government crackdown on boat street parking

THE NSW government is set to introduce a three-month limit on the parking of boat trailers in suburban streets.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay said trailers parked longer than three months in the same place would be impounded.

‘‘Fines also will be issued for unregistered boat trailers left on the street,’’ he said.

Mr Gay said that for too long communities near the water had ‘‘played host to boat trailer dumping grounds and it’s just not on’’.

“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.

My Gay’s office is yet to release details on how and when the three-month limit will be implemented.

Details for registering interest in dedicated off street boating facilities is available on the NSW Government e-tendering website

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