Give shoppers a go
By DAVID MOASE
BUSINESS owners and their employees should park further away from the CBD and walk to work, according to Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce president Sonja Wallis. Responding to deputy mayor Cr Ian Hogbin's suggestion this week that some paid parking should be introduced to the city centre, Ms Wallis said she would rather see businesses take a different attitude. "Parking further away and walking to work is the appro- priate thing for business people to do, especially if they are going to be in their office all day," Ms Wallis said. "It makes sense to leave parking places close to businesses vacant so three, four or five people can use them through the day. "I can understand people wanting to park close to their work, especially if they will be working late, so maybe the top floors of the Palms Centre and Woolworths car parks need to be covered and made secure so workers can park there." Ms Wallis does not think paid parking is necessary now, preferring to see other options explored first. "As Coffs Harbour grows ideas will have to be explored to provide parking and paid parking will have to be considered," she said. Park Beach Plaza centre manager Paul Savelberg said he could appreciate the problems in the city centre. "I'm lucky that in our leases it says business owners and employees have to park where we tell them," he said.