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New Boat Trailer Parking Restrictions

Consultation has concluded

Willoughby residents are being encouraged to have their say about the proposed introduction of new boat trailer parking restriction across the entire Willoughby Local Government Area (LGA).

This follows recent amendments to The Impounding Act, 1993 that grants councils new powers regarding boat trailer parking restrictions.

Community feedback will be received between Wednesday 18 January until 5pm, Friday 17 February 2017 and collated into a public report by March 2017. This will assist Council’s determination in implementation of the provisions of the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 in early 2017.

The changes have been developed to:

  • discourage the nuisance caused by the long term parking of unattended registered boat trailers on public roads - often by people who do not live in the local area; and
  • encourage the off-street storage of boat trailers to free up on-street parking spaces for local residents.

If the new powers are applied, boat trailers must move at least every 28 days, and must move at least one street block. If the boat trailer does not move, Council must provide the registered owner with 15 days’ notice before impounding the trailer and also has the option of establishing a charge for the release of an impounded item.

Council considered a report in relation to this matter at its meeting on Monday 14 November (agenda and minutes here) at which time it resolved to commence community consultation. The results of the community consultation will be considered by Council in March 2017. Until then, Council will maintain its current practice of not issuing parking permits for boat trailers.

Willoughby residents are being encouraged to have their say about the proposed introduction of new boat trailer parking restriction across the entire Willoughby Local Government Area (LGA).

This follows recent amendments to The Impounding Act, 1993 that grants councils new powers regarding boat trailer parking restrictions.

Community feedback will be received between Wednesday 18 January until 5pm, Friday 17 February 2017 and collated into a public report by March 2017. This will assist Council’s determination in implementation of the provisions of the Impounding Amendment (Unattended Boat Trailers) Act 2015 in early 2017.

The changes have been developed to:

  • discourage the nuisance caused by the long term parking of unattended registered boat trailers on public roads - often by people who do not live in the local area; and
  • encourage the off-street storage of boat trailers to free up on-street parking spaces for local residents.

If the new powers are applied, boat trailers must move at least every 28 days, and must move at least one street block. If the boat trailer does not move, Council must provide the registered owner with 15 days’ notice before impounding the trailer and also has the option of establishing a charge for the release of an impounded item.

Council considered a report in relation to this matter at its meeting on Monday 14 November (agenda and minutes here) at which time it resolved to commence community consultation. The results of the community consultation will be considered by Council in March 2017. Until then, Council will maintain its current practice of not issuing parking permits for boat trailers.