Our new car market opened this week in the Kings Cross car park on Ward Avenue, providing backpackers with a place to legally and safely sell their vehicles. Opening just in time for the summer peak, it will be free for the first three months.
The City will also install new signs next week banning the sale of parked vehicles on Victoria and Brougham Streets.
Both measures will provide residents and businesses with some relief from the ongoing problem of backpackers using the street like a car sales yard.
After my Private Members Bill went through Parliament our rangers were finally given the legal power to fine backpackers selling vehicles on the street and to tow the vehicles away if needed, ensuring everyone has a fair opportunity to park.
The car market provides an alternative site for backpackers to sell their vans to ensure the problem doesn't spread to neighbouring streets.
The local community has been putting up with the problem for far too long. I would like to acknowledge their ongoing support and advocacy which was instrumental in pressuring the Government to support my Bill.
While we warmly welcome backpackers and international visitors to our City, we also have a responsibility to ensure their actions don't unfairly impact on local residents and businesses.
Information about the new laws and the car market facility will be circulated to local residents, backpackers, backpacker hostels and tourism facilities in the area in the next few weeks.