YOUR SAY ON PAR­ENT PARKS

Car parks a cour­tesy for fam­i­lies

South Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Katherine Morris katherine. morris@ south­bur­nett­times. com. au

KATHY Craig may not have young chil­dren any more but she can still re­mem­ber the night­mare of taking small chil­dren to the shops.

She is one of may who took to the South Bur­nett Times Face­book page to tell of the need for pram parks to be re­served for par­ents.

Kingaroy Shop­ping­world has re­ceived com­plaints from par­ents un­able to use the pram park­ing spots be­cause some­one with­out a child or pram has been parked there.

The cen­tre has four parks for par­ents – two at the front en­trance out­side Wool­worths and two next to to the trav­e­la­tor in the un­der­ground carpark.

Pram or par­ent parks are usu­ally wider than reg­u­lar parks and closer to the en­trance of shops to re­duce the dis­tance young chil­dren must travel in a high traf­fic area.

Le­gally, there is noth­ing to pre­vent a per­son with­out a pram or in­fant from park­ing in a pram spot.

Kingaroy Shop­ping­world cen­tre man­ager Karen Den­nis said the parks were a cour­tesy pro­vided to par­ents by the cen­tre and was not en­force­able by law, un­like dis­abled parks.

“So it’s tricky be­cause it’s a civic duty for peo­ple to do the right thing.

“They ( park­ing spots) are they to make it eas­ier for peo­ple who have small chil­dren,” Mrs Den­nis said.

She said she did not nor­mally get com­plaints about driv­ers with­out a stroller or chil­dren us­ing the parks but it did hap­pen.

“It’s very hard to po­lice and we can only put a let­ter on their car to ex­plain they should park some­where else,” she said.

How­ever, driv­ers can be fined for park­ing in a dis­abled spot.

PHOTO: KATHERINE MORRIS

PRAMS ONLY: Pram parks are a cour­tesy for par­ents.

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