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Clarence Valley Council (CVC) implemented nose-in parking along a section of Fitzroy Street, Grafton, last month. Image: Emma Pritchard

Noses out of joint over nose-in parking

Emma Pritchard


On May 21, Clarence Valley Council (CVC) implemented nose-in parking between 91-97 Fitzroy Street, Grafton, following what has been described as a successful nose-in parking trial in Prince Street in 2021, as part of the Grafton CBD Precinct Plan.

The new parking method has been implemented after council identified ongoing issues with local businesses and vehicles reversing into outdoor posts, compromising the structural integrity of heritage listed buildings in the vicinity.

Council have announced the new parking arrangements will result in reduced traffic delays while other benefits cited include allowing motorists to see high kerbs and footpath obstructions more clearly, a reduction in vehicle exhaust being directed onto walkways, and increased safety for pedestrians.

Recently, the Clarence Valley Independent spoke to local motorists and asked them to share their views on the new parking arrangements.

Scott Jamieson: I think it is one of the worst decisions council has made. I refuse to park along that section of Fitzroy Street since they introduced nose-in parking because I wouldn’t feel safe reversing into traffic on a main arterial road into Grafton.

Jake Lenton: Council claim they have implemented nose-in parking because of concerns reversing vehicles may damage the heritage buildings. If there are that many people who can’t reverse without whacking into something, take their licenses away and leave the parking arrangements alone.

Lyndall Forrester: What a great move by council. It’s another step towards making pedestrians feel safer. There have already been too many incidents involving reversing vehicles that have crashed into local businesses in the last few years, and I think something drastic needed to be done to make the community feel safer.

Caillan McNaulty: I think the concept is very dangerous, and how will it impact parents with young children and prams who have to park there? Kids are now getting in and out of cars when they’re closer to a busy road, and parents are forced to stand with their backs to oncoming traffic if they want to load or unload their boots. It’s a shocking decision by council.

Joshua Goldstein: Last year when council implemented a nose-in parking trial along a section of Prince Street, they alleged it was to help pedestrians and shop owners feel safer and protected from reversing vehicles. If council have genuine safety concerns surrounding reversing vehicles, why are they making them reverse into oncoming traffic?

Tammie Sway: I think it’s a great idea. It’s more environmentally friendly to have nose-in parking as pedestrians aren’t engulfed by foul fumes and odours from reversing vehicles. I think a lot of people will be more accepting of the concept once they get used to it.

Lyra Cooney: I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. I spend a lot of time in Yamba where they have nose-in parking, and everyone seems to manage ok.