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Have your say on boat trailer parking

Posted Thursday 23 May 2013

Boat Trailer

Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay has urged Sydney councils and residents to have their say on the best way to tackle boat storage issues in popular harbourside areas.

Mr Gay has released a range of options for public comment in a report from the Boat Trailer Working Group.

“Numerous councils and residents have expressed concerns about the growing number of boat trailers parked in their suburbs’ streets and left unattended for long periods of time,” Mr Gay said.

“With boating such a popular pastime in NSW, the level of boat ownership is expected to continue to rise in the coming years, putting increased stress on existing storage capacity.

“The options up for comment include giving council rangers the power to impound boat trailers left parked in the street for long periods of time and allowing councils to directly take action against unregistered trailers.

“The councils on the working group have confirmed the majority of the complaints they receive are about trailers left unattended and unmoved on streets for long periods of time.

“This is not about penalising boat owners or preventing them from parking their boat trailers on their street.

“The objective is to strike a balance between the right to legally park registered boat trailers on residential streets for reasonable periods of time and improving parking access on congested roads with limited parking.”

“We also recognise that vessels need to be stored somewhere. Therefore the other part of the solution is to identify options to increase boat storage capacity across Sydney Harbour in particular.”

“We’re asking councils and communities for their views before we consider any possible regulatory changes further,” Mr Gay said.

To have your say on the Boat Trailer Working Group Report, please send your comments to:

Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs
Transport for NSW. PO Box K659,
HAYMARKET NSW 1240.

Or email: obsma@transport.nsw.gov.au

Comments are invited until 28 June 2013.