Eurobodalla Shire Council played down reports that two parking machines were broken when rangers conducted a blitz on the paid parking area in Batemans Bay last week.
Shoppers reported two out of the five ticket machines at the Perry Street paid car park – one at the back of the Bayview hotel and the other near the cinema entrance - were broken at the same time.
Later that day, a council ranger was snapped issuing parking infringement notices on vehicles.
The Bay Post/Moruya Examiner questioned if council thought this was unfair and a spokeswoman said they had received no complaints from the community about the parking metres in Clyde and Perry Streets.
She said only one was broken.
“In the holiday period so far only one machine has had a paper jam during which it displayed the message ‘out of order – use another machine’,” she said.
“The machine was fixed within the hour by a locksmith.
“If anyone feels they have received a ticket unfairly, there are mechanisms for them to appeal it. The details of how to do this are provided on the ticket.”
She said no additional rangers had been allocated to parking inspections because they weren’t needed.
“However, council reports that the rangers are doing an excellent job helping the community and visitors during this very busy period.
“Eurobodalla Shire Council has been patrolling the car parking areas in Batemans Bay to ensure that parking is regularly turning over and is available to motorists during the busy tourist season,” she said.
Council is also urging motorists to park for free, all day, in Mackay Park until January 30.
“We would like to take this opportunity to encourage motorists to use the overflow parking in Mackay Park, near the swimming pool, which is helping alleviate parking congestion,” the spokeswoman said.
“This parking is available all day and is free; it is just a traffic light crossing away from the main shopping centre.”