Independent MP for Sydney Clover Moore has vowed to step up efforts to stop backpackers camping in vans in Kings Cross and Woollomooloo if her re-election is confirmed.
Writing in her last e-newsletter before the polls opened at the weekend, Moore said reform was needed to make it illegal to sleep in or sell a parked vehicle in NSW, which would allow council rangers to take action.
She added: “If I am re-elected as Member for Sydney, I will put this request to the incoming Government and ask for urgent action. If the Government doesn’t respond, I will introduce a Private Members Bill.”
Following community meetings in Victoria Street to discuss solutions, Moore wrote to the then Minister for Roads and Shadow Minister for Roads and Ports suggesting an unused, RTA-owned site in William Street could be used as a place for backpackers to buy and sell vehicles. Other alternative locations are also being investigated.
A crackdown on defective vehicles and illegal parking in the area has resulted in more than 2000 penalty notices being issued and 24 vehicles towed since August 2010.
The e-newsletter concludes:
If you want fewer backpacker vehicles causing problems in Victoria Street, I urge you to also write to the new Minister for Local Government immediately after the election. Report all incidents of anti-social behaviour, including people urinating in public and breaching Alcohol Free Zones, to Kings Cross Police on 8356 0099.”
Moore is tipped to hold off a strong challenge from Liberal candidate Adrian Bartels to retain the seat she has held since 1988.