Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight is fed up with abandoned trolleys clogging the region's waterways.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight is fed up with abandoned trolleys clogging the region's waterways. Gemima Harvey

Mayor fed up with abandoned trolleys

COFFS Harbour Mayor Denise Knight is taking her fight against abandoned shopping trolleys to the State Government in a bid to clean up the region's streets and waterways.

Councillors this week voted to submit a motion to the Local Government NSW Annual Conference calling on the State Government to introduce legislation requiring commercial businesses to use coin-operated trolleys.

Similar legislation exists in Queensland, and Cr Knight said cities including Ipswich had seen positive results by fining retailers who didn't comply.

"I am receiving calls daily from residents who are fed up with trolleys in their driveways and in our creeks," Cr Knight said.

"While it's the community's responsibility to stop stealing trolleys, it's costing money and resources to retrieve them.

"This legislation is about the retailers taking responsibility."

Earlier this year, Cr Knight wrote to Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Aldi, Target and IGA urging them to install coin-operated trolleys or electronic locks.

In response, Woolworths have agreed to trial expanding their Trolley Tracker service from two times to three times per day.

In exchange, council rangers will allow Trolley Tracker drivers to temporarily double-park when recovering abandoned trolleys from roads or waterways. 

Cr Knight said the "compromise" would be trialled until November.

"If I don't see an improvement by November I'll be back out talking to store managers," Cr Knight said.

"This legislation is ultimately about getting multi-national companies to take ownership of their property."

A decision by Local Government NSW will be made during their annual conference on October 11-13.



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