Mayor’s trolley proposal derailed
MAYOR Denise Knight's push for a clampdown on stray shopping trolleys has been derailed by some of Australia's largest retailers.
Since March last year, Cr Knight has been calling for coin operated trolleys to be installed at large retails stores to address the hundreds of trolleys abandoned on the Coffs Coast each week.
She said recent discussions with Coles and Woolworths had proved productive, with the supermarket giants willing to install coin operated devices in all stores.
But the plans have now derailed as representatives from IGA, Kmart, Richies, and Target have failed to take part in negotiations.
"Coles and Woolworths have moved heaven and earth to come to the table, but they will only accept the proposal on the proviso all retail stores take part in discussions," Cr Knight said.
"They want a level playing field but these other palookas don't even return a phone call, and when Coles and Woolworths make the effort to come to a meeting, they don't turn up."
Cr Knight said she continues to receive many calls from the community concerned on the issue.
"These retailers have a responsibility to this community, because we spend money there and keep them operational," she said.
Cr Knight and Cr Keith Rhoades are 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.
The Advocate has contacted IGA, Kmart, Ritchies and Target for comment.