ODDS STACKED AGAINST IT: Booze, hills and shopping trolleys are never, ever good bedfellows. Photo Contributed
ODDS STACKED AGAINST IT: Booze, hills and shopping trolleys are never, ever good bedfellows. Photo Contributed Contributed

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.



Army Thunder dig deep for charity match win

Army Thunder dig deep for charity match win

Thunder forced into finding something special in charity match.

Ice cool Boutier in charge at Bonville

Ice cool Boutier in charge at Bonville

French golfer builds five stroke lead in Australian Ladies Classic.

Jetty to be transformed: Plan to demolish Forestry buildings

Jetty to be transformed: Plan to demolish Forestry buildings

Owners seek approval to clear Forestry site for development

Local Partners