Hey you, get off of my grass
BEWARE if you visit the unit complex at 15 Kingston Drive: Don't park on Robert Baker's nature strip.
With a lack of visitor parking at the unit complex next door, Mr Baker's nature strip often becomes a makeshift car park for visitors.
It is something he says is impacting on road safety in the street and reducing the area for kids to play - not to mention the damage it does to his lawn and a drain pipe that exits at the gutter.
Earlier this week he told the Tweed Daily News of his frustration, which has been increased by what he says is the unwillingness of Tweed Shire Council rangers to issue parking tickets.
Sometimes there are cars parked in his front yard for five days straight.
“It is illegal to park on a nature strip; I want them booked, it is the only way out of it,” Mr Baker said.
Despite numerous complaints to the council, Mr Baker says rangers haven't come out to give drivers parking tickets.
“They are doing sweet stuff all,” he said.
“The council makes the bloody law and they don't uphold it.”
Three bottlebrush trees were planted on the nature strip in an effort to stop the parking, but already one of them has been ripped out and there is only a hole in the ground where it once stood.
Mr Barker said he had almost been driven to vigilante action like letting down tyres, but he knew it wasn't the right way to go.
According to the Tweed Shire Council it is an offence to park a motor vehicle on a footpath or nature strip adjacent to a length of road, however local environment factors are considered before a ticket is issued.
“Council appreciates Mr Baker's efforts in reporting these parking matters and accordingly, council officers have visited the locality on numerous occasions to assess the complaints,” a spokeswoman said.
“It has been determined that due to the local environment the issuing of infringement notices is not justified in the majority of circumstances.
“The level of surveillance is impacted by the requirements of council officers to also undertake their duties throughout the shire; accordingly, council officers will randomly patrol the area when time permits and take the appropriate action when necessary.”