Coin trolleys for Coffs retailers

LOCAL residents will soon have to carry gold coins in their pockets when wanting to use a supermarket trolley on the Coffs Coast.

Coles and Woolworths have this week come on board with Coffs Mayor Denise Knight's plans that will force all major retailers to install coin-operated trolleys at local stores.

The plans are designed to address the quantity of trolleys left abandoned in creeks, parks and streets on the Coffs Coast.

"Woolworths and Coles want to do something about it as well but they would like a level playing field and one won't do it without the other," Cr Knight said.

"I'm at the point now where I'm arranging to meet with Target, K-Mart, Big W and IGA to have a round- table meeting because they all need to be on board."

Local Government NSW president Keith Rhoades is meanwhile pursuing the State Government to consider tougher legislation on the issue.

It was based on a motion put forward by Cr Knight that passed at the Local Government NSW annual conference last year.

Cr Knight said her biggest plea was to shoppers who were responsible.

"At the end of the day it's stealing," Cr Knight said.

"We can only do so much, but we've got to get the community on board and stop taking them into streets, leaving them in creeks and leaving them on roads."

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