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Backpackers living out of vehicles in Kings Cross for weeks on end are on notice to park legally or risk being towed under a tough new crackdown by City of Sydney Council.
The warning follows frustration by local residents and businesses that vehicles are dumped on the street and fine notices disregarded by backpackers - some of whom live out of their vehicles.
The City of Sydney will begin a warning campaign before re-introducing tow away zones in parts of Kings Cross. City of Sydney Director of City Operations Garry Harding said those who illegally park are now on notice and to avoid being towed people must comply with parking restrictions.
If vehicles are not moved after a penalty notice is issued, vehicles may be towed. The City has been working with Police and the RTA to resolve this issue following complaints of antisocial behaviour.
"The City welcomes backpackers and international visitors and recognises their contribution to the character and economy of the City," said Mr Harding.
"However, we have a responsibility to ensure that they do not impact adversely on residents, businesses and the amenity of the area."
"We are not preventing backpackers and visitors from parking their vehicles in the area, but like everyone else they must abide by the parking restrictions. On-street parking in the inner city is limited and it is necessary to ensure regular parking turnover for residents, businesses and their visitors."
City Rangers are also visiting backpacker accommodation hostels seeking the cooperation of managers to encourage backpackers to sell their vehicles on the internet in preference to the street.
A general education program advising backpackers, residents and businesses about the re-introduction of the tow-away zone will begin shortly.