Northern Beaches Council makes $7.7m in parking fines

 

Source: Manly Daily

Northern Beaches Council spends half the money on roads, bridges and footpaths than that of other similar councils in Sydney - despite collecting $20m in parking fines over the past three years.

The NRMA was called out to 897 incidents on the northern beaches involving potholes in a 60-day period. Adam Yip/ The Manly Daily

The NRMA was called out to 897 incidents on the northern beaches involving potholes in a 60-day period. Adam Yip/ The Manly Daily

“To ensure everyone gets a chance to park near the beach or near the shops, and to promote public safety, council enforces parking time and place restrictions,” Mr Brownlee said.

“Council have also adopted a 10-minute grace period for people who are racing back to their cars if they have overstayed.”

Cr Vincent De Luca, who requested the information on fines, said over the past three years the council had made more than $20 million out of parking infringements.

He said the money should go into supporting community issues, not into consolidated revenue which he claimed was to help pay off the salaries of executives.

Vincent De Luca independent candidate for the Narrabeen ward of the Northern Beaches Council. Picture: Adam Yip.

Vincent De Luca independent candidate for the Narrabeen ward of the Northern Beaches Council. Picture: Adam Yip.

“Our CEO is on nearly $500,000 a year,” Cr De Luca said. “The CEO doubled the number of directors from three to six and they are all on $300-$400,000 a year.”

He said the amalgamation was meant to be about cutting bureaucracy and cutting rates but residents had seen an increase in both.

It comes as the NRMA revealed that Northern Beaches Council was the fourth-highest LGA in NSW for complaints about potholes in the 60 days up to September 18.

It received 897 call-outs on the peninsula relating to wheel damage and bung tyres — blown, shredded and deflated — caused by potholes during that period.

A pothole. Picture: Toby Zerna

A pothole. Picture: Toby Zerna

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said councils should be investing money made from fines on keeping the roads in good repair. He also said councillors on the northern beaches voted not to reduce fines in line with recommendations.

“It’s about making sure people don’t abuse parking rules and not about just making money off families,” Mr Khoury said. “Motorists should not be used as cash cows.”

The council said in the last financial year it spent $14.7 million on maintaining its roads, kerbs, footpaths and associated transport infrastructure.

It has not revealed what percentage was for transport infrastructure.

The council also paid $1.175 million to the State Government in processing fees relating to parking fines.

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan Whistler St, Manly. Picture: Adam Yip.

Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan Whistler St, Manly. Picture: Adam Yip.

Mayor Michael Regan also hit back at Cr De Luca, saying money was being invested in the community, with $2.54 million being committed from the 2019/2020 budget to youth and community services and $5 million being spent upgrading sporting facilities.


 

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